The Lauderdale County School System follows the Student Technology Engagement Plan (STEP initiative) in technology learning systems for our students. The plan is designed to bring the academic power of the internet to our students' fingertips.
The STEP program began with all eighth-grade students in the system, but it has grown so that all students in grades seven through 12 have full-time use of a school-supplied Chromebook. Students receive the device at the beginning of school and are allowed to take it home with them throughout the school year. At the end of the year, each device is turned back in and stored over the summer.
The system uses a simple insurance program to deal with device breakage. Students pay a yearly technology fee of $40 for unlimited use of the device during the school year. While elementary students do not yet have access to their own devices, each school's libraries have iPads and Chromebooks that can be used for either whole or small-group instruction.
With COVID-19 abatement, more technology is in the hands of all students at all grade levels.
Lauderdale County Schools does not discriminate in admission, treatment, or access to programs or activities based on race, color, national origin, religious preference, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status and provided equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Students with disabilities will be provided with the same needed supports and services for extracurricular programs and activities that are provided during the school day, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the program and activity. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Mr. Tim Tubbs, Lauderdale County Board of Education, 355 County Road 61, Florence, AL 35634. Phone: (256) 760-1300. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.