GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 03, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

GovWin's SLED Coronavirus Recon, produced by Deltek's SLED Market Research team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by state, local, and educational (SLED) entities and the contractors that support them

Word on the Street

(What our Analysts are hearing from government)

  • Virginia released an Emergency RFI calling for vendors that can provide specific infection-control products, healthcare supplies, and other emergency relief offers of assistance.
  • All buildings and sites providing state government services in Kentucky are closed to the public, except those used in emergency or life-threatening circumstances, or to provide food, water, or medical assistance. Bidders are not permitted to personally deliver bids and proposals and should instead use Secure File Transfer. Contact the buyer listed in the solicitation with any questions.
  • Mississippi’s Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) Board Meeting will be held via teleconference this month.
  • Georgia’s Purchasing Division is continuing all operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have created a special site to assist with guidelines and provide resources for clients, such as forms, key contacts, and policies.
  • The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources.

General 

Funding & Economic Impact 

Technology

Higher Education

K-12 Education

  • Schools Struggle to Get Laptops to Students During Pandemic
  • The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online
    • EdWeek reported that in little more than two weeks, the coronavirus led to the mass closure of at least 124,000 school buildings, leaving more than 55 million children without access to in-person classroom instruction, counseling, and other services
    • EdWeek also continuously updates a map of US school closures here
    • EdWeek cited the following initiatives taking place across the country: distributing Chromebooks to students and sending Wi-Fi enabled school buses into their communities, teaching on Instagram Live and hosting virtual class discussions on Zoom—and calling students and parents on the telephone to make sure they’re OK
  • State’s School Districts Move to Retool Education For Next Three Months (Michigan)
    • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order says seat-time requirements and attendance requirements for state aid will be waived for districts with approved plans for remote learning. State law says districts are required to provide at least 1,098 hours and 180 days of pupil instruction. It also says districts are required to have 75% attendance to be eligible for state aid
  • What Will K-12 Schools Look Like Post-Coronavirus?
    • Predictions account that this period of forced homeschooling will lead parents to demand different things from schools once they reopen. The article states that school leaders should start planning now for how to deal with the fact that students are getting very different quantities of learning while schools are closed
  • Arizona high school seniors will get their diplomas despite coronavirus closures (Arizona)
    • Without dissent, the state Board of Education adopted an emergency rule Tuesday that bars school districts and charter schools from withholding academic credit or a diploma “solely because the student missed instructional time due to a school closure issued by the governor.”

Health Care

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities