February 27, 2024


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Va. public universities should invest $220 million in CARES Act funding by Nov. 30

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam introduced $220 million from federal CARES Act funding will be going to community educational facilities about the commonwealth.

Public universities in the Shenandoah Valley received hundreds of thousands of pounds, but all funding must be used on COVID-19 resources and preparedness like tests supplies, private protecting devices, sanitization, and technological know-how for distance discovering.

Rockingham County General public Schools acquired nearly $2 million dollars. The state allotted $175 for each student based mostly on the fall 2020 enrollment, with a least of $100,000 for each and every school division.

RCPS Superintendent Dr. Oskar Scheikl said the distinction concerning this second round of CARES Act funding is that it have to be spent by Nov. 30.

“It’s not as easy as the early CARES Act revenue that we been given due to the fact that had a two-year turnaround, so you could strategy for tasks that you executed since of this pandemic, for example, extra psychological overall health services,” Scheikl reported.

Scheikl stated RCPS has been in contact with the Virginia Superintendent of Community Instruction, James Lane, about what the revenue can and simply cannot be spent on. He mentioned there are many constraints.

“For example, we cannot invest it on only creating up for cash that’s now a funds shortfall due to the fact of the pandemic or you cannot devote it on payroll, so we simply cannot give a personnel reward,” Scheikl explained. “There are some very certain matters we have to have to appear at.”

No final selections are made, but Scheikl claimed possibilities consist of extra cleansing materials for when additional learners are welcomed back again to the classroom, technological innovation and transportation.

“We face challenges with transportation, in terms of only fitting 20 pupils on a bus which is designed for 70 simply because of the distancing,” Scheikl claimed. “There are usually concerns there. What do you do to make that get the job done much better? Do we want supplemental buses? What can we do?”

Scheikl reported RCPS was fortunate to have been given an extra $2 million that Rockingham County shared from its CARES Act funding, which he reported funding cleaning supplies and mitigation strategies.

Harrisonburg Town Public University Superintendent Dr. Michael Richards advised WHSV that school and economical leaders will be meeting on Monday, Oct. 12 to explore wherever the city’s $1.1 million going to them will go.

Public schools in the Shenandoah Valley will be getting the pursuing in CARES Act funding:

• Augusta County: $1,728,283

• Harrisonburg Metropolis: 1,122,135

• Web page County: $560,158

• Rockingham County: 1,999,865

• Shenandoah County: $1,002,803

• City of Staunton: $467,163

• City of Waynesboro: $490,158

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