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$14 Million in Federal Funding Approved for Use at SCSD2 | Local news

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees has approved more than $14 million in federally allocated funding expenditures for specific projects related to the ongoing fights against COVID-19.

A total of $14,139,369.72 has been allocated from federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief funding and the U.S. bailout for the following projects at SCSD2 schools:

• $8,519,188.85: US Bailout COVID-19 Relief Fund

• $340,000: Digital Learning, Wyoming ESSER III competitive grant earmarked to assist with digital learning and virtual school improvements

• $259,692: Persons with Disabilities Education Act, Children with Disabilities/Special Education

• $21,483: special education, disabled children aged 3 to 5

• $34,476.44: McKinney Vento for homeless and displaced youth

and funds previously approved at the July 15, 2021 Board meeting:

• $1,040,276.70: CARES Act COVID-19 Relief Fund for the 2019-2020 school year

• $3,792,415.36: CARES Act COVID-19 Relief Fund for the 2020-2021 school year

All funds come with stipulations on how the grants are spent for the school district, as well as time constraints on each grant – with the earliest deadline being September 2022 for ESSER I funds and the earliest deadline being September 2022. remote being September 2024 for three types of ARP grants.

Some stipulations addressed by the U.S. Department of Education include:

• Coordinate preparedness and response efforts with state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments and other relevant agencies to improve coordinated responses among these entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. 19.

• Provide principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to meet the needs of their individual schools.

• Activities to meet the unique needs of low-income children or students, students with disabilities, English language learners, racial and ethnic minorities, homeless students, and children and youth in foster care, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.

• Develop and implement procedures and systems to improve preparedness and response efforts.

• Training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.

• Purchase of supplies to disinfect and clean facilities, including buildings operated by districts.

• Plan, coordinate and implement activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students, providing technology for online learning to all students, providing guidance for the fulfillment of requirements under of IDEA and ensure that other educational services can continue to be provided in accordance with all federal, state, and local requirements.

• The purchase of educational technologies (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served that facilitate regular and substantial educational interaction between students and their instructors, including low-income students and college students disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.

• Provide mental health services and supports, including through the establishment of evidence-based full-service community schools.

• Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and enrichment and additional after-school programs, including classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months. and meeting the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, migrant students, homeless students, and foster children and youth.

Additionally, SCSD2 Business Manager Brandon Finney must track each grant allocation separately, and the district must meet reporting requirements under time constraints, in accordance with government regulations.

Uses of the funding already committed include four permanent substitute teaching positions, additional on-call staff and the Bronc Virtual e-learning program. These additions, administrators said, have been extremely helpful with pandemic measures and absences.

SCSD2 cannot use ESSER III funds until all ESSER II funds have been expended, which district officials are in the process of using, as all ESSER I funds have been used.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.