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(WBIR) It's back to the books for Maryville City School students.

Students at Foothills Elementary hopped off the bus Wednesday morning ready to take on another school year. But this year, the district is launching a new initiative - a transition to digital learning call iReach.

The goal is for all students across the district to have laptops or iPads in the next two years. Many teachers spent the summer training on new the technology, and the principal said they're ready.

"I think our excitement has increased because of our iReach journey, and this is our first year as we complete that journey," said Amy Vagnier, Foothills Elementary School principal. 'Thirty percent of the teachers in the district will have technology in the classroom this year - iPads and/or laptops. And so that is especially exciting as we look to those new learning opportunities and really shifting and changing some instructional strategies as well."

Starting next year, all 4th through 12th grade students will be issued a laptop they can take home.

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