The Peel District School Board (PDSB) has come up with a plan to help both students and staff in removing the barriers between teaching and learning, and to support learning at home.

PDSB is providing more than 14,500 devices and approximately 1,900 Wi-Fi enabled devices to students who may not have access to technology and help them in distance learning. Staff in need of devices will also get them in order to help reach out to their students through distance learning. The distribution process will take between two to three weeks, given the number of devices that will be provided.

“We want to ensure that every learner has the tools they need to be successful; we cannot penalize them for the circumstances they find themselves in. In every discussion, equity of access has been top-of-mind,” said Peter Joshua, Director of Education. “In the work we are doing to meet students’ technology needs, we are removing one of the barriers that exists in a distance learning environment. We are committed to ensuring that other barriers are also addressed so that we can achieve our goal of ensuring success for all.”

Internet access will be provided to students who do not have access at home. Internet sticks will be mailed directly to students starting this week. Families who do not have access to a device will be given Internet-enabled devices and will be notified when they are ready for pickup.

Under the direction of Peel Public Health, there will be a distribution protocol for families on how to pick up these devices safely.