The following information is to help families learn about our Bring Your Own Device and Purchase Program.
Partnership with STAPLES and Dell for Learning devices
WCDSB has made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety current technologies. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks and Windows 10 Cloudbooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tool in the classroom.
As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. WCDSB families have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.
Devices for Families in Need
Free learning device/computer offerings for low income families:
Visit our web site to learn more about the programs and devices that available for purchase through STAPLES and Dell.
As we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to a safe teaching and learning environment on September 8, we have been working diligently with Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Ministry of Education and their connections to the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province — as well as other community and stakeholder colleagues — to ensure we have a School Re-opening Plan that is thoughtful and responsive.
While we all want good learning to happen, we are equally motivated to ensure that all our students and staff are feeling both safe and healthy — in mind, body and spirit.
To help ensure we succeed, we need to know your intentions for your child(ren) to return to school for face to face learning, or to opt to learn remotely instead.
So, it is very important for you to complete this SURVEY by Monday, August 10, 2020.
“The Survey is extremely important for families to complete, as it is how the school board is preparing for the safe return for all of our students. There is still much planning that must be done in terms of creation of cohorts, individual classroom set up, assignment of seats in both the classroom and on the bus, ensuring technology needs are met, etcetera. All of this will assist us in ensuring the most thoughtful and safest return for all our students this fall. It is our sincere hope all families provide a response by the deadline as we need all students to respond in order to plan for each student. That is – we need to know the status of all in order to facilitate a comprehensive and safe plan, as the well-being of our students is our top priority.”
~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education
If you are unable to complete the survey by the August 10th deadline, your school will be following up with you directly to ask you to complete the survey.
We know this is a time of great anxiety for families, but we ask that you make the best decision you can based on the information in the WCDSB School Re-opening Plan, knowing that we will be doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all.