School Funding Update

February 3, 2021

I am pleased to report that Danbury, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield will receive $10,135,242, $892,851 and $418,769, respectively, in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER II) as part of the second CARES act that passed in December 2020.

These funds will be used:

  • To assist local school districts, along with state and local health departments, improve the coordinate response to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
  • To address learning loss among students, including among at low-income students, minority students and those with disabilities.
  • To develop and implement procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of our local schools
  • To purchase supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of our local schools
  • To plan for, coordinate and implement activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students, providing technology for online learning to all students, ensuring other educational services can continue to be provided
  • To purchase educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity)
  • To provide mental health services and support
  • For school facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs.

For more details follow this link.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the educational system and on the well-being of all students and educators across Connecticut and the entire country.
I look forward to this round of funding helping with the continuing effort to ease the burden on our local school districts and towns.