County Distribute Federal Funds to Public Schools for COVID-19 Expenses

Students in Mrs. Dunns class at Primos Elementary School are learning in a virtual classroom. Image via Upper Darby School District Facebook page.

Delaware County’s public schools and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit are receiving $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to cover COVID-19 expenses, reports

Delaware County Council approved the funding earlier this month.

The funds will help low-income families pay for the internet connections and equipment needed for remote learning.

Parameters for eligibility include households receiving housing assistance, free and reduced lunches or other applicable programs.

The money also pays for sanitation, personal protective equipment and other COVID-19-related needs.

“Supporting education and funding needs of schools is a very important aspect of COVID-19 relief and necessary for recovery,” said Councilwoman Elaine Schaefer. “It is our obligation to get this money to those entities as they begin the school year and will likely face even more challenges throughout year.”

Funds also cover costs to set up appropriate social distancing in the schools and for mental health services and supports.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a multitude of issues for our schools and school leaders, including coping with the many unexpected costs, overwhelming uncertainty and lots of moving pieces,” said Maria Edelberg, executive director of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

Read more about school district funding for the pandemic here.

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