Snyder urges local school districts to apply for federal CARES funds

CARMICHAELS, May 8 – State Rep. Pam Snyder is encouraging area school districts to consider applying for funds to assist them in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted an application last week 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.

“Our school districts have made so many adjustments to help keep students connected during this pandemic, and these funds can help them with the costs associated with their responses to COVID-19, including summer and after-school programs, mental health needs, technology purchases and cleaning and sanitation supplies,” said Snyder. “I highly encourage districts to apply for this funding once it’s available from PDE.”

PDE expects the U.S. Department of Education 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, Snyder added.

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