The Greater Victoria School District in the capital city of British Columbia has announced it is loaning over 1,000 digital devices to students to support learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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.
Families in need of technology since the return of Spring Break have been identified by the school district. These families have been lent either a Chromebook or iPad to support learning from home, as classes have been suspended due to coronavirus.
“We must ensure public education remains accessible and that every student can be successful. By providing digital devices for our students who need them, we are removing a key barrier to participating in their virtual classroom and connecting with their teachers and classmates. While we are physically apart, we are digitally connected more than ever and we cannot leave anyone behind,” added Watters.
To date, the District says it has loaned out 1,050 Chromebooks and iPads in total to students. Those requiring a device are told to contact their school principal.
The Greater Victoria School District has approximately 20,000 students in 27 Elementary Schools, 10 Middle Schools, and 7 Secondary Schools on southern Vancouver Island.
Last week, the Ontario government announced a joint program with Apple and Rogers, where over 21,000 iPads were given to students to support home learning.