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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 school districts 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. The district should ensure that its insurance policy will cover the device while being transported to or at school when it is required by the IEP.  The family can and may insist that schools provide any necessary device as part of the student's IEP even if the student has an identical device at home.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 29, 2016 at 1:50pm.