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Ed Dept: Use American Relief Plan funds for quick, safe school reopenings

Kara Arundel, K-12 Dive |

The quick and safe reopening of K-12 schools this spring is the U.S. Department of Education’s greatest priority, said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona during a press call Wednesday, the same day state education leaders received notices of their funding allocations under the federal American Rescue Plan. 

The $122.8 billion in funding for K-12 schools should target the impacts from COVID-19 in PreK-12, particularly for programs that help students who need the most support, according to Cardona’s letter to state leaders. The ARP funds, which will be sent to states this month, can also be spent on safety protocols, hiring of additional staff and teachers, extended learning programs and more.


Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide $10 billion to states to help fund COVID-19 testing for K-12 teachers, staff and students. Those allocations will be made in early April, according to HHS.

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