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Richland Students Encouraged to Bring iPads

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Richland School District will soon be telling students to BYOD, or bring your own device. Soon, students will be able to use their iPads, laptops, or phones to do work while at school.

The district says this will save them money by not forcing them to replace their old computers, while letting students use what they're comfortable with.

While students be allowed to use their own devices, they will still be monitored.

"Our BYOD policy will be based around the fact that it'll be up to the teacher who's going to decide if and when they are going to be used in their day to day classroom," said RSD I.T. Executive Director Mike Leseberg.

Leseberg says 60% of high schools and 40% of middle schoolers already have access to a device they can bring -- while 62% of parents say they will buy one for their kids if its used for education. The district hopes to have the program ready to go within a month.