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Iowa schools receive nearly $345 million in federal pandemic relief

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 12:20 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa has received nearly $345 million in federal relief for PK-12 schools to help address costs incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding comes as the state’s allotment of the $54 billion in emergency relief provided in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund II within the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, 2021, which was signed into law on December 27.

“These funds will provide critical support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Iowa students and families who depend on the essential services provided by our schools,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo said. “Schools can use this funding to measure and address unfinished learning and contend with other coronavirus-related challenges. That includes the need for increased professional development, educational technology, cleaning supplies and other sanitation measures, facility repairs, upgrades to improve air quality in school buildings, summer learning, supplemental after-school programs and mental health services.”

The funding is supplemental to the federal funding school districts received in the spring, so districts will not have to reapply.

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