Marple Newtown Schools Could Get $239K In Emergency Funding

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BROOMALL, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Education today submitted its Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund application to the U.S. Department of Education to get about $523.8 million in emergency, one-time funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts.

Locally, the Marple Newtown School District is getting about $239,000.

"Pennsylvania’s educators have been working under extraordinary conditions from the onset of the coronavirus, first helping students and families to receive food and then setting up systems to provide continued education," said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. "Unfortunately, this crisis has also placed tremendous financial pressures on our schools. These funds will provide an initial measure of relief, and we appreciate the quick action by Congress. At the same time, emergency educational needs require Congress to pass another significant appropriation for states and schools."

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Marple Newtown School District will get $239,409.

Applications are expected to be approved in about a week and the state department of education is finalizing a streamlined application to ensure that funds are available to schools in an expedited manner.

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, at least 90 percent, or $471 million, of the funds must flow through to traditional public schools and charter schools.

Each school entity will receive an amount proportional to federal Title I-A funds received in 2019 under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

School districts, intermediate units, charter and cyber charter schools, and career and technical education centers can use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.

Funds must be used by September 2022.

The state department of education urged schools to prioritize investments for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest poverty, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.

The remaining 10 percent of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds will be used for state-level activities to address issues caused by COVID-19. The department plans to use the funds to support initiatives, including remote learning, that can be designed and implemented with greater economy of scale at the state level than would be possible or practical for school institutions to pursue individually.

Pursuant to CARES requirements, school districts and charter schools must apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to obtain their allocated funds. Once the federal department of education approves the state application, the state department will post the LEA application process on its website and notify schools.

This article originally appeared on the Marple Newtown Patch

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