Remote Robot Provides Assistance

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The district received funding in 2014 from New York State Sen. Phil Boyle which was used to purchase a VGo robot to assist in the instructional program for student Ryan Norton. VGo technology serves to open up academic and social environments to ill, disabled and immune-deficient students, allowing them to see, hear, talk and move as they remotely attend classes via their homes.

Norton, an eighth grader at the middle school, has atypical cystic fibrosis and cannot regularly attend classes in person. Using the VGo robot to virtually participate in lessons, he is able to remain engaged with both school and community, an important factor for both health and education.

“The VGo robot gives our students in need, like Ryan, the ability to interact with fellow classmates and the classroom teacher,” said Superintendent John V. Dolan, who viewed the robot in action, along with Principal Mark Bernard and other administrators, during a recent visit to the school from Sen. Boyle.