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Burns: $150 million available for schools

EBENSBURG — With $150 million in federal COVID-19 recovery funding available for schools, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has urged local districts to apply for it before the June 30 deadline.

He said his office staff is available to help.

Per Act 30 of 2020, school entities are required to apply to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency no later than June 30 to be eligible to receive funding by July 15. Intermediate units must apply on behalf of nonpublic schools in their area no later than July 8 in order to be eligible to receive awards no later than

Aug. 1.

Any school entity that needs assistance in applying for funding can contact Burns’ office at 814-736-7339.

Eligible uses for the funding include the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing products; training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases; equipment purchases; modifying existing areas to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff; providing mental health services and supports; purchasing educational technology for distance learning; and other health and safety programs, items or services necessary to address the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

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