- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Oxford School District is issuing laptops to every high school and middle school student this fall.

The district is requiring parents and students to attend a special computer orientation class before the start of the school year. Also, parents have to go online to register their children for school.

The 2014-15 school year is the first year the One to One Initiative will be implemented.

Superintendent Brian Harvey told The Oxford Eagle (http://bit.ly/1mM3phe ) students use the MacBook Air laptop to complete their schoolwork.

Harvey said the school district wants all students to be technologically savvy when they graduate.

“No matter where you look, technology is a part of everything that we do and giving that kind of access to students will better prepare them for future,” Harvey said. “We want to give our kids a head start.”

Parents with students who will receive the laptops must pay a $75 technology fee that covers the student’s login I.D. and insurance on the device. This must be paid before the student can receive a laptop.

Harvey said families with students who qualify for free and reduced meals will have an option to get a waiver for the fee.

Parents are also required to attend a “Meet Your Mac” session with their students after they have paid the technology fee. This event will last two hours for high school students and parents and 90 minutes for middle school students and parents.

The district is providing multiple computer orientation sessions to ensure all parents will be able to sign up for a time that is most convenient for their busy schedules.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com