Students in York and Chesterfield counties return to the classroom Wednesday.
For the first time, some students in Rock Hill will be issued an iPad. They won’t receive them the first day, but all students in grades four through eight will be given an iPad before the end of September.
The Rock Hill School District will invest $9 million over the next two years in the technology upgrade.
Students who want to take the iPads home will have to pay a $65 fee for repair or replacement if something happens to the device. A program is in place to help students who can't afford that fee.
School officials said they hope the new technology will mean higher test scores, and teachers are excited about the new tool.
"(The students are) going to be able to collaborate with each other, to create using some of the fun apps that are on the iPads, so we are very excited to put the iPads in all of our students’ hands," said Rawlinson Road Middle School teacher Rhonda Hudak.
Those iPads will have Internet access, but the district is taking steps to keep students safe while they're online. Parents of students who opt to take the iPads home will have to attend an orientation session where school officials will talk to them about the best way for students to get the educational value of the devices at home. The district is also asking parents to look through a list of resources about online safety.