“Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, students will be able to keep their device upon graduation,” the district said.
Dan Jeffers, coordinator of data and instructional technology, said the devices are “expected to be more than a replacement for textbooks, but also something to transform their learning.”
High school students next school year will have to pay a $40 annual fee for using the laptops.
Officials said the cost for the program will be also be paid from the general fund budget. It will vary each year based on the number of laptops purchased and professional development.
The first-year cost for 2,530 laptops for grades 9-12 is $885,500. By the 2023-24 school year, the total cost for the year will be $1.2 million.
Fairfield’s annual operating budget is $98 million.
From a teaching perspective, the move to laptops “is what’s best for kids,” said Ricardo Calles, a Fairfield High School Spanish teacher.
“Learning is a very personal process. Students with special needs would be able to work on individual needs, as would higher-level learners,” said Calles.
Additional collaboration on school assignments will now take place outside of the classroom, he added.
“They will have access to information that goes beyond the classroom,” he said.