CT School Districts to Receive Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding

Daniela Doncel
August 06, 2020 - 5:32 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The State of Connecticut is allocating an additional $160 million in COVID-19 relief funding to assist school districts with the 2020-21 academic year.

Governor Ned Lamont announced the addition on Thursday which, according to state officials, brings the total funding for schools to $266 million. 

That funding includes $15 million from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund and $111 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds.

Officials said the $266 million Coronavirus Relief Funds package is one of the largest PK-12 per-student funding plans in the country.

The Connecticut State Department of Education is developing an application process for school districts to determine areas of greatest needs for all forms of learning. 

"By strategically aligning our federal and state resources," Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said, "we will maximize our efforts to prioritize equitable access to technology and high-quality curriculum, accelerate learning opportunities and provide for the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and staff."

According to Department of Education officials, school districts will be given ongoing assistance for relief fund spending, including personal protective equipment, support for students with special learning and language needs, staffing for remote or socially-distant learning and additional bus routes.