Can students use their own laptops or tablets instead of the district owned Chromebook?

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No.  The district-owned Chromebook is the required device chosen by NIXA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. It will allow the school system to monitor student use at school and push out applications that students can use for classwork. While many other devices exist, NIXA PUBLIC SCHOOLS selected the Chromebook for numerous factors including its instructional use and versatility, long battery life, integration with Google Apps for Education, security, management tools, and cost.  NPS issued Chromebooks will contain additional services and filters that non-district purchased Chromebooks will not.