It's not clear when they'll be returned

Students in the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) were forced to give their assigned iPads back to school officials in response to the recent "hacks." 

According to the Los Angeles Times, students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools -- which are part of LAUSD -- were told to turn their iPads in to school staff last week until further notice. As of Friday, the district had collected two-thirds of the 2,100 iPads distributed to students. 

The district didn't say when it will give the iPads back to students.

LAUSD's retrieval of the iPads is in response to students bypassing security filters placed on the devices and accessing prohibited websites like Facebook, Twitter and Pandora.

The students were supposed to use the iPads at school and home for educational purposes only, but it only took one week for them to figure out how to freely surf the web: by simply deleting their personal profile information on the tablet. 

LAUSD counted 260 cases of iPad security "hacks" at Roosevelt, 10 from Angelou Community High School in South Park and 70 at Westchester High.

Last week, LAUSD had halted the use of the iPads at home after discovering the security breaches. But the district now believes it's best to take the iPads back altogether until a better solution is reached.

Apple scored a $30 million contract from LAUSD back in June, which is part of a a $1 billion technology plan in the school system. It aims to put an iPad in the hands of every student in LAUSD for educational purposes. LAUSD is paying $678 per iPad, which comes pre-loaded with educational software, but doesn't include a keyboard. 

The school district also committed to spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Apple over the next two years, since they chose the company as their only tablet vendor. 

District officials said it is currently working with Apple to fix the problem. 

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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