Readshaw encourages schools to apply for emergency funding

PITTSBURGH, May 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, is encouraging area school districts to consider applying for funds to assist them in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted an application to the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Once the state’s application is approved, school districts will need to apply for the funding. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve, the impact on the operating budgets within our school districts will surely be impacted,” Readshaw said. “As such, I encourage the districts I represnt to apply for this funding to ensure our children are able to continue with their academics and reach their fullest potential.” 

Locally, it is anticipated that school districts would receive the following funding: 

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District: $505,960
  • Brentwood School District: $188,981
  • Pittsburgh School District: $11,146,817 

The U.S. Department of Education is expected to approve the application within a week and is currently working on a streamlined application process to ensure the funds can be available to school districts as quickly as possible. 

The funding may be used for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports. Funds must be used by September 2022. Applying school entities are encouraged to prioritize investments for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest poverty, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.  

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