As we have seen recently, a number of schools in the province have had to close suddenly due to a positive case of COVID-19 being identified in the school. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within SSRCE schools and while there is no current indication there are plans to shift to at-home learning, it is important we prepare in advance.
We have started the distribution of Chromebooks. All students in grades 7-12 (that have indicated they require a device) now have access to one. Grades 4-6 will receive devices (based on need) once the next shipment arrives.
Bringing home Chromebooks
All students who currently have a Chromebook, will be asked to bring these devices home with them, on or before, the last day before holiday break (Friday, December 18). Many students have already started getting in the habit of bringing the devices home each day and this should become regular practice.
- Students agree to the Provincial School Network and Access Use Policy (https://www.ednet.ns.ca/docs/networkaccessandusepolicy.pdf) every time they log in and devices should be used appropriately.
- Chromebooks are to travel back and forth each day and it’s helpful to have a full charge before leaving home for school.
- Test the Chromebook at home. Any technical issues should be reported to your school.
- Chromebooks are expensive and should be treated with care. They are property of SSRCE.
Again, please remember, this information is only being shared with you as a proactive measure. It is important that we are prepared in the event the break is longer than expected or if a COVID-19 school-based case is identified. We have not been told to expect to shift to online learning.
Thanks to everyone for their support and understanding these last few months. Our students and staff have been doing a fantastic job adhering to public health protocols and we look forward to seeing students back in the classrooms on Monday, January 11, 2021.
SSRCE Regional Executive Director