Can schools require students to bring a family-owned assistive technology device to school?
No. There is no barrier to a student bringing his or her assistive technology device from home to school, but schools have no authority to mandate that this occur. If the family agrees to allow the device to travel from home to school, then a discussion regarding liability while the device is transported to or is at school needs to be held and recorded in the IEP. If a separate contract provision is necessary for the device to be covered under the family's insurance, then the school district should reimburse the family for the cost of that additional coverage. The family can and may insist that schools provide any necessary device as part of the student's IEP even if the student has identical device at home.