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This was sent from EECD to all high school student families regarding the purchase of laptops:

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recently announced a new Bring Your Own Device program for students in grades 9 to 12, beginning in September 2020. A laptop or tablet will now be a required tool to support learning in these grades. This program will help avoid interruptions in learning that may result from COVID-19 and allows more personalized learning opportunities to help better prepare students for post-secondary education and the workplace.

We understand that purchasing a new device may be a financial pressure for families. In response, the department has launched a financial assistance program for low to middle income families. Commencing July 31, you will be able to apply online https://www.nbed.nb.ca/DeviceSubsidy/ for a subsidy under the new Laptop Subsidy Program. Eligibility criteria and processes for application are described below.  

 

The following is the eligibility criteria and potential assistance to support the purchase of new devices:

 

Eligibility Criteria and subsidy

 

Number of children enrolled in grades 9 to 12

Household income*

1

2

3

4

below $40,000

$600

$1,200

$1,800

$2,400

between $40,000 and $55,000

$400

$1,000

$1,600

$2,200

between $55,0000 and $70,000

$200

$600

$1,200

$1,800

between $70,000 and $85,000

0

$200

$600

$1,200

 

*Household income is equivalent to line 150 of your 2019 CRA Notice of Assessment.  Alternatively, you may provide pay stubs for the past 4 consecutive periods (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly, semimonthly, monthly, etc.) to demonstrate proof of income and for determining eligibility.

 

ELIGIBILITY

TIME OF PURCHASE

SUBSIDY

DEVICE

Eligible
for subsidy

Purchased a device before March 16, 2020

No subsidy will be provided

- Any laptop or tablets that meet the recommended minimum specification;
(refer to device specifications)
- Smart phones are not recommended.

Purchased a device between
March 16, 2020, and July 22, 2020

- Submit household income through the Parent Portal;
- Submit a copy of the detailed receipt of purchase through the Parent Portal to obtain a refund;
Note: Application for a refund will be assessed in September 2020.

- Any new laptop or tablet will be eligible for subsidy;
- Smart phones are not recommended and not eligible for subsidy.

Purchased a device after July 22, 2020

OPTION 1
- Submit household income through the Parent Portal;
- Submit a copy of the detailed receipt of purchase through the Parent Portal to obtain a refund;
Note: Application for a refund will be assessed in September 2020.

- Devices must meet minimum recommended specifications required for subsidy. 
(refer to device specifications)

OPTION 2
- Submit household income through Parent Portal to receive a subsidy code;
Note: Allow a few days for processing;
- Order laptop through IMP (online) with the subsidy code. The code will reduce your cost of purchase by the approved subsidy amount.

- Device provided by IMP meets minimum recommended specifications required for subsidy
(refer to device specifications)

Not eligible for subsidy

Purchased a device before March 16, 2020

No subsidy will be provided

- Any laptop or tablet that meets the recommended minimum specification;
(refer to device specifications)
- Smart phones are not recommended.

Purchased a device after July 22, 2020


No subsidy will be provided

You have the option to purchase a laptop through IMP (online) with the unique code provided below. The cost to purchase will be under $600 (tax included).

- Device provided by IMP meets minimum recommended specifications required
(refer to device specifications)

 

Minimum recommended specifications for devices can be found here.

Parents are asked to ensure the device meets the minimum recommended specifications as described. This is to ensure students best experience with the online learning platforms that will be used to support education, in and out of the classroom. These platforms, which are provided by the department, include: Microsoft Teams, Desire 2 Learn/Clic.  The specifications are higher for new devices as these are intended to ensure the device will last through high school.  Students will continue to benefit from free access to Office 365 on their device.

 

How to Apply for Assistance if eligible

1.        Before applying, you will require the following information:

a.        Electronic copies of your 2019 Notice of Assessments and/or your last 4 consecutive pay stubs must be attached to your application. Documents could be scanned, copied, or a photo of the document may be attached.

b.        The New Brunswick Education Number (NBEN) of each child in grades 9–12

c.         Detailed invoices for purchases made after March 16, 2020

 

2.        To apply, please go to https://www.nbed.nb.ca/DeviceSubsidy/  

a.        NOTE – The application is a one-time use only form, so please ensure you are applying for assistance of all children in grades 9–12 at the same time.

b.        You will need to create a Parent Portal Account (if you have not done so already).

 

3.        Once you have submitted the application, your information will be validated.  Once validated, eligible applicants will receive a code via email enabling them to obtain a credit not exceeding the cost of the new device(s).  The email will provide details to assist in completing the purchase of a laptop through IMP Solutions.

 

What if I am ineligible and need a device?

If you are ineligible to receive a subsidy based on the above table but would like to take advantage of a discounted price, you may still purchase your computer through IMP Solutions.  You may access their site at https://eecdsd-edpeae.impsolutions.com.  You will need to provide your unique code in order to obtain the discounted price.  Please note that this site will not be operational until August 17, 2020.

For enquiries on the program, you may contact us at 1 833 901-1963 or by email at

EECDRTS-EDPERAE@gnb.ca

 

 

 

Original signed by

George Daley

Deputy Minister

Education and Early Childhood Development

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Please click on the link above for information on school opening and registration for all students new to ASD-W.
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​International newcomers may use the following link to register a student for the 2020-2021 school year: http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-W/newcomers/Pages/default.aspx​.  All other registrations must be done by contacting your local school (via email or phone) the week of August 24th.​

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This was sent from the Minister to all student families with a request to consider assuming transportation to and from school as a family instead of taking the bus:

Message to Parents and Guardians,

To reduce the number of children using student transportation, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the school districts are asking for your help. Starting in September, to reduce the risk of COVID-19, there will be fewer seats available on each bus.

We are asking parents and guardians, if possible, to provide their own transportation by dropping off and picking up their child from school, whenever possible.

Can you help? If you can, please go to the following link https://www.nbed.nb.ca/parentportal/en/Transportation/Option/ and complete the form before 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7th. You will need your child's name and date of birth, student number (provided above) and the contact email that you normally use to communicate with your child's school.

We are asking every family to identify what transportation they will not require from the school district:

·  My child does not require morning school bus pick-up;

·  My child does not require afternoon school bus drop-off; or

·  My child does not require use of a school bus.

This will apply for the whole 2020-21 school year.

It's important to emphasize that school districts will provide transportation to eligible students.

If your ability to transport your child changes, let your school district know as soon as possible. In an emergency, transportation will be provided to students who need it.

If you have any questions, please call 1-833-901-1963 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday or send an email at EECDRTS-EDPERAE@gnb.ca

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic. Your help in providing safe transportation for your child is greatly appreciated.

 

Sincerely,

Original signed by the Honourable Dominic Cardy, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Dominic Cardy
Minister

 

 

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June 12 is the last "official" day of school for our 23,000 ASD-W students and we are grateful for the support you provided as children of all ages made efforts to continue with their learning in new circumstances.  It was a learning experience for all of us.

 The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD)has released the "Return to School" plan for September, 2020.  The plan outlines the provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we return after summer vacation.  This two-page document can be viewed here or on our website:  ReturnSchool_ExecutiveSummary_EN.pdf 

Finally, please watch for a final call or connection from your child's teacher or school staff member (Grades K-11).  It is our wish and the wish of EECD to get a comprehensive understanding of technology and other needs to help plan for next school year.  Due to our desire to reach out to the homes of every student, you will likely be contacted more than once based on the number of children you have in our system.  We appreciate your support in this valuable exercise.

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

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Plan released for return to schools in September 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released today parameters for the public-school system for the 2020-21 school year.

“Ensuring we have a plan in place that support the safety of staff and quality student learning in a healthy and safe environment for the long term is a critical part of moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “We remain committed to working with school districts and Public Health to meet the needs of students and staff, while positioning learners for success. However, families, learners and educators must understand the school and classroom environment will be quite different from the one they left in March 2020.”

The Return to School: September 2020 plan outlines the operational requirements schools and school districts must meet while developing their COVID-19 operational plans. It works in conjunction with the Public Health guidance to the department and may be changed based upon the evolution of the pandemic.

Students in kindergarten to Grade 8 will attend school full time and students in Grades 9 to 12 will be taught using blended learning methods, which supplement instruction in classrooms with distance instruction. This may include, online course work, guided projects, experiential learning or co-op placements.

Some classrooms may have smaller groupings, depending upon the grade level. K-8 students will stay within their class grouping throughout the day. Transition times, such as arrival, breaks and lunches, will be staggered.

Physical distancing is required for students in Grades 9 to 12 and will be observed to the greatest extent possible.

“Teachers will identify gaps in learning from the 2019-20 school year and use a targeted approach, ensuring students meet the core curricular outcomes,” said Cardy. “While we are pausing the co-ordinated rollout of green paper initiatives for one year, we encourage schools to use concepts outlined in the Succeeding at Home document, such as mixed groupings, to meet student needs within the operational requirements for the 2020-21 school year.”

Public access to school buildings will be limited to students, school staff and those who receive permission, in advance, from the principal. Students, staff and visitors will be subject to a screening process. Students, and their families, and staff must monitor themselves for symptoms outlined by Public Health and stay home if they feel unwell.

Some schools may change their drop-off and pick-up schedules.

“The pandemic situation is constantly evolving, and this plan will allow the education system to be responsive to the needs of educators and students throughout the 2020-21 school year,” said Cardy.

The department will continue to work with educators, schools, and school districts in the coming months. More information on facilities, scheduling and transportation will be communicated directly to families through the school districts this summer as schools develop their individual plans.

Parents may also call the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development at 1-844-288-3888.

 

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