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Rock Hill schools back in session, 4th-8th graders to receive iPads

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Students headed back to class Tuesday morning in the Chesterfield and York County school districts.

Something new this year, all 4th-8th grade students in the Rock Hill school district will receive iPads.

The new initiative is called the iRock program.

This year, every 4th-8th grader in the school district will get a school issued iPad. That's around 7,800 students.

The school district purchased 9,000 iPads. Each high school in the district will get 400 iPads to use at their own discretion. School officials say, in total, the iPads cost around $2.4 million.

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody says the iPads will help bridge an education gap for disadvantaged students outside of the classroom who may not have access to this technology otherwise.

"At 3 o'clock we don't want learning to shut down at the end of the day so this will help our students have access to information. We're trying to bridge that technology divide and equalize the playing field to some degree and continue to encourage our students to learn beyond the classroom," she said.

Parents of the 4th-8th graders must pay a $65 insurance fee before the student can take the iPad home.

The iPads won't be distributed until after the first week of classes.

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