HARRISBURG – Local schools can apply soon to receive additional grant funding to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and school employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Scott Martin. A total of nearly $200 million of funding was approved by lawmakers in May as part of Act 30 of 2020 to help schools meet the challenges posed by the pandemic. In June, $150 million of this funding was distributed to school districts and other education entities through the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grant program. School districts must apply to receive their share of the remaining $49.8 million in funding to meet new educational and safety needs during COVID-19 through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program.

Eligible uses of the funding include the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing products, training and professional development of staff on sanitation and infection prevention, modifying school facilities to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff, and other health and safety programs, items or services. The program is funded through Pennsylvania’s share of money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.