pexels rfstudio 3059749CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is announcing Chicago Public Schools will receive $2.5 billion in additional funding to help address the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would like to commend every student, parent, and teacher for making it through such an incredibly difficult year,” Van Pelt said. “Finally, the end of the pandemic is in sight, and thankfully, the state has received additional funding to help put an end to this dark time in schools.”

The funding is a part of the most recent federal COVID-19 relief packages. Schools, students and parents have overcome adversities that could not be foreseen before the pandemic began, such as remote and hybrid learning, digital connection issues, new processes for receiving state and federal aid that normally flow through schools, and more.

The majority of the funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, which gives local schools a great deal of flexibility in how they can use the money over the next 3 ½ years. Twenty-percent of the funding must be used to address learning loss, however, school districts can use the funding for many different issues and costs (i.e. equipping schools for safe learning, preventing layoffs, addressing students’ social and emotional needs, funding summer programs, or ensuring all students have access to reliable Wi-Fi and technology).

Along with other state agencies centered around education, the State Board of Education has produced a guide for local school districts to help them decide how to best use their resources. While the guide and other state-sponsored services are completely voluntary, the state aims to support local districts during this challenging time.

“I am happy that the state has provided a resource guide for educators to utilize to help us move forward and recover from the losses suffered in the pandemic,” Van Pelt said. “I am confident that with this guide, and with this funding, school districts will be able to attend to the needs of their students.”

The state received nearly $7 billion in total to support local school districts.


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