Davis: Mon Valley Schools awarded $129,168 in COVID relief funds for special needs

Funding to help provide services, supports to students with disabilities

McKEESPORT, Aug. 20 – As schools across the region get ready for the start of an unprecedented school year, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that more than $129,000 in COVID-19 relief funding has been awarded to Mon Valley schools to assist students with special needs

“Very soon our students will return to school, facing a year unlike any other and one that includes a lot of unknowns,’ Davis said. “This is a stressful time for everyone, but especially for families and students that have special needs. It is critical that our schools have the funding they need to put into place the programs and services to allow every child to succeed, and I will not stop fighting for our families and schools until they do so.”

Grants awarded to schools in the region include:

  • McKeesport Area: $54,928
  • West Mifflin: $27,007
  • South Allegheny: $16,774
  • Clairton: $14,633
  • Steel Valley: $10,088
  • Duquesne: $5,738

The Special Education COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Grant will provide $15 million statewide in financial support to local education agencies to:

  • Provide enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs.
  • Provide services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures.

This is just the latest distribution of federal relief funds to area schools. Earlier this month, more than $239,000 was also awarded to area education organizations to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. 

As a representative of the Mon Valley, Davis has worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that local schools, governments and organizations receive their share of federal relief funding.

“The coronavirus has presented our families and communities with challenges unlike any we have ever faced,” Davis said. “I am committed to working in Harrisburg and at home to ensure that our neighbors and our communities have the resources and support we need to not only overcome this crisis, but to build a stronger community once we have done so.”