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Equipping students for remote learning

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BENNINGTON — Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union students have received chromebooks to assist in remote learning, as Gov. Phil Scott previously announced Vermont schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

In a March 30 post on the SVSU website, officials asked families to contact their child's school by April 2 at noon if they don't have access to a chromebook, laptop or device with a manual keyboard.

The SVSU provided chromebooks to students in a staggered pickup format at Mount Anthony Union High School from Tuesday-Thursday, April 7-9. April 10 was set to be the last day to pick up the devices, according to the SVSU website.

Student pickups were scheduled by last name.

All SVSU students were eligible to receive school-issued devices, "one per student who needs one," according to another update on the website. Another update on the website clarified that this includes early education students, but not students of the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center who are enrolled at schools other than MAUHS.

All in all, 1,226 chromebooks were given to students, said Katie West, public information coordinator for the SVSU, in an email.

"But, we are missing some numbers that would suggest over 1300 devices went out to students!" she said.

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