Deasy: Roughly $500,000 awarded to help local special needs students during COVID-19 crisis

Funding will help local schools provide services to students with disabilities

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 20 – With an unprecedented school year ahead, state Rep. Dan Deasy today announced $452,530 in COVID-19 relief funding has just been awarded to local schools to assist students with special needs.

“Our special needs kids need all the support they can get while their normal school routines continue to be disrupted by the pandemic,” said Deasy, D-Allegheny. “As they and their families work to adapt to COVID-19-prompted changes, this money will help to make sure they continue to have access to the services and support that is critical for them to have a successful year.”

Grants awarded to school districts with schools in the 27th Legislative District are:

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools: $368,856.
  • Keystone Oaks School District: $21,757.
  • Carlynton School District: $16,576.
  • Montour School District: $19,217.
  • Sto-Rox School District: $21,122.
  • Propel Charter Schools – Montour: $5000.

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.

Funding from the program comes from federal coronavirus relief money, which states can allocate to meet local needs.