GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 11, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

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.

General

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

  • Mounting Peril for Public Higher Education During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    • The coronavirus pandemic has led to the most difficult semester in generations on college campuses across the United States. With that semester now wrapping up, public colleges and universities are facing costs that already dwarf the $7.6 billion in federal stimulus funds that are on their way to these institutions.
  • (North Carolina) Education funding bills to watch include more funding for increased enrollments
    • Several bills with statewide implications for community college enrollment and funding of public schools are making their way through the General Assembly.
  • (University of Connecticut) UConn Announces Plans to Tentatively Restart Classes Aug. 31
    • The University of Connecticut tentatively set Aug. 31 as the first day of classes, but President Thomas Katsouleas cautioned students and staff that it won't be business as usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • $275M in CARES funds allocated to Alabama higher education
    • Alabama colleges and universities are getting about $275 million directly from the federal government to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus on them and at least some of their students. At least half was to be distributed to students with financial needs. The other half can be spent by institutions for COVID-related costs.
    • About $73 million was available to historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions.
  • (North Carolina) UNC’s minority serving schools get $6 million to research, fight COVID-19
    • The UNC System’s historically minority-serving schools have been awarded $6 million to fight COVID-19, the system announced Thursday.
  • (Virginia Commonwealth University) VCU moving large classes online as part of reopening plan
    • Classes with 50 or more students at Virginia Commonwealth University will be taught online this fall, the university announced. Provost Gail Hackett and Interim Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Peter Buckley said in an update to the university community that the move, which applies to the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, is being made "in order to comply with safety measures."
  • Virginia schools to receive $66.8 million in emergency education relief funding amid COVID-19
    • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that all schools in the Commonwealth will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand distance learning opportunities, fund services for students disproportionately impacted by loss of class time, and provide financial assistance to higher education students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Approximately $23.4 million will be distributed throughout Virginia’s higher education system, with $18.3 million allocated to public and private four-year institutions and Richard Bland College.

K-12 Education

  • State, city education officials press Congress for more COVID-19 funds
    • Education officials from various parts of the country called on Congress Wednesday to appropriate more funds to help students return to school this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • NC is short on education cash, so lawmakers want to raid school bus replacement fund
    • North Carolina lawmakers could drain a quarter of the state fund set aside for replacing old school buses to help pay for other education items this year.
  • (Maryland) State officials announce summer schooling, high school sports practices can resume
    • State officials announced at a news briefing that public high schools can hold outdoor graduations, sports practices can resume and summer school can take place, given public health protocols are followed.
  • (California) Schools Are Unsure Whether Bond Money Can Be Used on Coronavirus Needs
    • Among the many frustrating, complex dilemmas schools are dealing with amid the coronavirus pandemic is this: School districts like San Diego Unified have hundreds of millions of dollars available for the express purpose of making school buildings safer for students – yet there’s uncertainty about whether that money can be used to keep them safe from the virus.
  • Schools need more federal money, education leaders tell Senate committee
    • The coronavirus pandemic and the current economic downturn mean school district leaders are facing budget cuts and a complicated, expensive upcoming school year, with new health mandates and new academic challenges. At a hearing of the U.S. Senate’s health and education committee, some said there was more the federal government could do to help — namely, passing a stimulus package that includes far more for education than the CARES Act passed in March.
  • (Pennsylvania) K-12 Schools Can Resume In-Person Instruction July 1
    • The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday that elementary and secondary schools in the commonwealth can resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1.
  • What Will Next School Year Bring? Oregon Says, It Depends
    • The Oregon Department of Education released a blueprint Wednesday for how schools should operate amid COVID-19. And it’s up to individual schools to figure out whether teaching will happen on-site, through distance learning, or a hybrid of the two.
    • Schools planning anything on-site must draft plans for public health protocols, school operations and a response to a COVID-19 outbreak. Schools planning on so-called “comprehensive distance learning” must explain why they are not a offering hybrid of distance and on-site education, and must describe if they may expect to include some on-site learning.
  • Wyoming Schools Can Resume In-Person Teaching June 15
    • Schools will be able to reopen and resume in-person teaching under updated public health orders that take effect June 15. The new orders also allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with restrictions and permit parades to occur with appropriate social distancing.

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