Schools Getting Federal Money to Return to In-Person Learning

By Sam Miller
Local schools will be getting over $16 million in federal funds to help safely reopen full time in person learning. This money is part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan and is part of a large $130 billion being distributed to departments of education across the United States. The Wayne Highlands School District will get $6,297,000, Wallenpaupack is slated for $4,889,000, Delaware Valley will receive $4,937,000, and Forest City Regional will get $1,590,000. This money will be used, among other things, for repairing ventilation systems, reducing class sizes and implementing social distancing guidelines, purchasing personal protective equipment, and hiring support staff to care for students’ health and well-being. The bill also ensures 20 percent of the funding that schools receive must be reserved to address and remediate learning loss among students.