Students and schools have transitioned to online learning while strict guidelines are in place as the pandemic continues. The distribution of technology – in the form of Chromebooks and iPads – is to provide students and families with support to participate in distance learning while in-class instruction is suspended, according to a release from SD61.
“Equity remains a top priority for our District and we are working hard to put supports and systems in place that enable equitable access to remote learning opportunities,” said board chair Jordan Watters in a statement. “We must ensure public education remains accessible and that every student can be successful.”
Watters said providing digital devices to students who need them removes a “key barrier” for students participating in online classrooms and connecting with teachers and classmates.
“While we are physically apart, we are digitally connected more than ever and we cannot leave anyone behind,” Watters said.
District staff have been identifying if families need access to technology since students returned from spring break. Those who do not have access to computers, laptops, tablets, etc. are being lent some from SD61 for home use.
So far, the school district has distributed 1,050 tablets to students. If a student requires a device, they are advised to contact their principal.