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Iowa receives nearly $345 million in federal COVID-19 relief for schools

DES MOINES, Iowa. (KWWL) - The Iowa Department of Education has announced the state has received nearly $345 million in a new round of federal relief for PK-12 schools.

“These funds will provide critical support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Iowa students and families who depend on the essential services provided by our schools,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “Schools can use this funding to measure and address unfinished learning and contend with other coronavirus-related challenges. That includes the need for increased professional development, educational technology, cleaning supplies and other sanitation measures, facility repairs, upgrades to improve air quality in school buildings, summer learning, supplemental after-school programs and mental health services.”

Since this is a supplement to the federal funds received in the spring, school districts do not need to reapply. However, they must agree to a list of assurances on how the funds will be used, which is available in the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) system that districts use to report information to the Department of Education.

Of the $345 million, 90 percent will be available to school districts. The remaining funds will be used for state-level educational efforts to address urgent issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The allocation of funds is based on each school district’s eligibility for Title I, Part A funding. Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides districts with funding based on the percentage of low-income students served by the district. A list of allocations by school district is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

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