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Hamilton County frees up $7 million in CARES funding for COVID-19 expenses in schools

WCPO |

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to spend up to $7 million on ensuring local schools can cover their COVID-19 necessities: personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, licenses for virtual teaching and more.

Districts in Hamilton County can apply for up to $50 per student to cover similar expenses, the board of commissioners said Thursday. These might include cleaning supplies, laptops or internet upgrades, among others.

“We’re just trying to help in that space in a way that we didn’t have the ability to do before then now,” Commissioner Denise Driehaus said. “Any schools can apply for these dollars. We have to have evidence that it’s being reimbursed for expenses related to COVID-19.”

Applications must be received by December 3rd.

Items must be purchased and “in-service” by December 30th, 2020.