Laptops are coming to Carson Elementary School – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

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The laptops started showing up at Carson Elementary School, where dangerous areas remain fenced off due to the risk of landslides.

From Sunday March 6 to Wednesday March 16, laptops will arrive for students in grades 4 to 7.

“Carson Elementary staff and students have experienced a number of uncertainties since the catastrophic landslide in the spring of 2021,” Quesnel School District Superintendent Dan Lowndes said in a memo shared on the website and the district’s Facebook page.

“Our intention is to ensure as smooth a process as possible to minimize further disruption to students as affected classes move to handhelds.”

Although a geotechnical report released last fall concluded that much of the school at 1255 Graham Avenue is safe, the facility is not viable in the long term given its current location.

Metal fencing is still in place with ‘Do Not Enter’ signs around the landslide area that caused the school’s playground to close last April.

As laptops arrive, Lowndes said staff will work to connect services and complete any required installation.

During spring break, maintenance is expected to move all equipment, with affected students staying home on Monday, April 4, to allow for all equipment to be moved and finalized.

“We understand the challenge this can pose; however, we believe it will actually significantly reduce longer-term disruption,” Lowndes said.

Carson Elementary School was added last fall to the list of buildings to be replaced by the school board, which noted that the district would seek $24 million in grants from the British Columbia Ministry of Education for its replacement.

After last spring’s landslide, the district was able to secure a $1.1 million provincial emergency grant to implement a safety plan that included installing four laptops.

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