ETSB donates IPad minis to CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS

Record Staff

In an effort to help break isolation during social distancing, The Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) has found a new home for 200 of its decommissioned iPad minis.
They will 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-CHUS.
The IPad minis were part of the evolution of the school boards technology deployment, which has since moved from those devices to Chromebooks, to better meet the pedagogical needs of students.
With the current crisis in 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 technology.
The ETSB’s 200 IPad minis, complete with cases and chargers, will be put to good use by local youth, and are a small way 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,” commented ETSB Chairman Michael Murray.

Published in the Wednesday, April 29 edition of The Record.

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