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How to Spend Federal Covid-19 Funds

  • Conducting activities to address the needs of students from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth
  • Purchasing PPE and the supplies needed to clean and disinfect schools
  • Improving indoor air quality and ventilation
  • Repairing and improving school facilities to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards
  • Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity as well as assistive technology or adaptive equipment)
  • Mental health services
  • Implementing public health protocols including policies in line with guidance from the CDC

American Rescue Plan

The ARP Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package dedicates an additional $168 billion for K-12 schools and higher education. Funds are provided to State educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools. Districts have until 2024 to spend the stimulus aid. Full text of the bill can be found here.

The measure includes:

  • $126 billion for K-12 schools for funding schools and districts with concentrated poverty
  • $40 billion to support higher education institutions
  • $2.75 billion for governors to share with private schools
  • $3 billion in added funding to support students with disabilities
  • $1 billion for Head Start programs

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)

U.S. Congress passed the CRRSA Act, which was enacted on December 27, 2020 and included $82 billion for education.

Funding must be spent by September 2023 and allows for:

  • $54.3 billion for K-12 schools, largely delivered through Title 1 funding
  • $22.7 billion for higher education
  • $2.7 billion for parochial and private schools
  • $10 billion for childcare assistance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

This bill was passed in March 2020 and allotted $2.2 trillion in economic aid to Americans who were impacted by the pandemic.

  • Earmarked $30.7 billion for states to spend on education.
  • The CARES Act money must be spent by December 31, 2021.