Jul. 06, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) 

Pennsylvania schools will share $157.5 million in funding to address health and safety needs related to the COVID-19 emergency in advance of the upcoming academic year.

These school entities in the 116th Legislative District are in line to receive the following School Health and Safety Grant awards:

  •   Berwick Area - $235,734
  •   Crestwood - $229,319
  •   Greater Nanticoke Area - $212,409
  •   Hazleton Area - $539,760
  •   Hazleton Area Career Center - $90,000
  •   Luzerne IU 18 - $90,000
  •   Northwest Area - $161,324

With the recent passage of the 2020-21 state budget, a total of $150 million in federal CARES Act funding was transferred to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to be distributed to school districts, area career and technical centers, intermediate units, charter schools, regional charter schools and cyber charter schools to support the grant program.
Another $7.5 million was allocated to PCCD to support grants for nonpublic schools.

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.

The deadline for school entities to apply for the grants was June 30.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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