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NEWS10 in the Classroom: E-backpacks


ALBANY, N.Y. -- When school starts next week, the Broadalbin-Perth School District in Fulton County will be introducing "e-backpacks."

Flyers and newsletters will now be uploaded to the district's website, meaning after October 11th, traditional paper flyers will no longer be sent home with students from school or district offices.

The Broadalbin-Perth superintendent, Stephen Tomlinson, says it will equal a savings of $15,000.

"On a daily basis, we'd have students bring home ten sheets of paper for various reasons," says Tomlinson.

"There's a lot of times when the kids comes home with papers, but the parents don't get them all the time, and we miss deadlines, or miss important events that are going on in the district," adds Clint Wagner, a parent of three children in the district.

Tomlinson says he does recognize that not all families have access to the internet or a smartphone.

"We're going to communicate with parents, using every avenue, to make sure they're aware of what we're doing," he says. "We'll always make sure we have hard copies available for families that might not have the technology to access the information."

Parents and guardians can sign up for e-backpack information HERE.

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