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Eastern Townships School Board –
Donation to the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS to Help Break the Isolation
During Social Distancing.
Magog, April 24, 2020 – The Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) has found a new home for 200 of its decommissioned iPad minis, where they will be put to good use to help people connect to one and another during this time of social distancing. The iPad minis, will now be made available to youth at the Centre Jeunesse de Val-du-Lac and in the child psychiatry department of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie.
The Ipad minis were part of the evolution of the school boards technology deployment, which has since moved from these devices to Chromebooks, to better meet the pedagogical needs of students. This equipment will more than meet the needs of those looking for a way to reach out to family and friends online, during this time of social distancing and confinement for some.
With the current crisis in our CHSLDs, and the effects of social distancing measures in place in institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have been unable to keep in touch because they do not have access to the technology. The 200 iPad minis, complete with cases and chargers, are a tool that can once again be put to good use by our area youth, and a small way in which the school board can give back to the community.
“When our senior management approached us with his idea, the Council of Commissioners supported it immediately. The ETSB has supported the use of technology in its schools and centres, with the philosophy that technology can level the playing field and open the world up to our students. This is an example of expanding that philosophy, to some of the most vulnerable members of our community, so that they can feel a little less isolated and alone. Our elected council members have always had strong ties to the community, to which we continue to serve,” expressed Michael Murray, Chairman of the ETSB.
The Eastern Townships School Board provides educational services for students in the Estrie and Montérégie areas with 20 elementary schools, three high schools, two adult education centres, two vocational training centres, a distance education and an international student program. We offer students the advantage of studying in a bilingual environment, led by caring adults and supported with a comprehensive technology initiative that is student focused.
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Source and information:
Sharon Priest, Communications Consultant,
(819) 868-3100 ext. 55023