Wetherby based, I.T. services and solutions company, Claritas Solutions, has made a donation to Wetherby High School, enabling the secondary school to buy 16 laptops for pupils struggling to access online resources from home in the current climate.
With schools across the country closing their doors for three months at the beginning of the year, students have had to rely on computers at home as part of remote learning.
The laptops purchased with the donation made by Claritas will be given out on short term loan to any child who would need to isolate due to a positive Covid-19 test either from themselves or from a close contact.
Moving forward, the laptops will be given to the school’s SEND department allowing the children within the department the opportunity to access their learning further both in the classroom and at home.
Gareth King, Assistant Headteacher at Wetherby High School said: “Since March 2020 we have been through two lockdowns where children have had to access school via online learning. Despite support from the government, we have still found a deficit in the numbers required to give all children this opportunity. This has certainly been the case during the second lockdown, where younger siblings were also requiring electronic devices to access their school work and resulted in families having to share one device.
“This kind offer from Claritas helps us as a school stay true to our school values ‘Know our Children Well’, ensuring no child is left behind due to circumstance out of their control.”
Jenny Lloyd, Operations Director at Claritas Solutions, said: “As a Wetherby based business we wanted to support a local school. Wetherby High School is located close to our office and some of our staff used to attend the school in the past. During the pandemic we’ve seen a huge divide, across the country, in pupils who have laptops at home and those who don’t, and as a business, we believe, just like Wetherby High School, that no children should be left behind due to circumstances out of their control which is why we wanted to help in this way. We are delighted that these laptops will be valuable to the school throughout the pandemic and beyond.”
Originally published on www.yorkshire-business.co.uk by West & North Yorkshire Chamber