150 of our Haliburton County’s families simply can’t afford reliable internet.
And now that school is only available online, no internet means no education.
That just isn’t fair: our town’s interested, involved, intelligent students want to be in school — and even just a week of missed classes means missing up to a third of a credit. School has already been back for almost 2 weeks and the time for students to catch up is running out.
Internet inequality is an injustice: online access is recognized as a basic human right, and the internet is key to successful modern life, regardless of age – but it is essential for our County’s kids who turn to the online world for friendship, information, health support and now, due to COVID19, their education.
The future social and financial health of Haliburton County depends upon every young resident being given an equal chance to achieve their full potential and to have the freedom to make choices. We want our community to be recognized as a great place for young people to succeed, and we need to invest in their future.
There are plenty of reasons why going back to school is tough enough right now: affordable internet shouldn’t be one of them.
More than ever, internet access for every student is an investment in the future of our County, and we have already invested more than $24,484 in providing some of our offline students with phones, dedicated data packages, phone cards to buy data and even gas cards so that they can just get to the library to study.
So will you now please also raise your hand and help get all Haliburton County’s kids online and in school?
Are you ‘IN’?
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