GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 24, 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

  • New York on track to contain coronavirus
    • New York is one of three states on track to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, a group tracking the virus across the U.S. said, and the state will use $65 million in federal coronavirus funding for child care providers to expand and comply with social distancing as nonessential employees return to work.

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

K-12 Education

  • (New Jersey) School district receives $682K?in federal, state COVID-19 relief funding
    • Two grants totaling just over $682,000 were approved for use by the Jersey Shore Area School Board to help the district deal with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • (Massachusetts) Union Says 2,000 State Educators Received Layoff Notices
    • In 47 school districts where staff are represented by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, layoff and non-renewal notices were sent recently to more than 2,000 teachers and education support professionals, the union announced.
  • (Illinois) State announces guidelines for schools to return to in-person instruction
    • Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday guidelines that will allow K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education institutions to safely resume in-person instruction for the upcoming academic year.
  • Utah Lawmakers Increase Funding to Reopen Schools in Fall
    • With an eye on reopening public schools this fall, the Utah Legislature used a combination of federal CARES Act funds and money from the state's Rainy Day Fund -- and delayed some non-essential programs -- to give educators an increase to work with.
  • Wisconsin School Districts Prepare For Fall Return; Wisconsin DHS Launches COVID-19 Activity Level Dashboard
    • A dashboard comprised of maps and tables, launched by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will be a helpful resource as school districts plan for the upcoming school year. The counties and regions on the dashboard are color-coded to indicate overall COVID-19 activity status. Plans to reopen have not yet been formally announced but the possibility of in-person and virtual learning is more than likely.
  • Governor Hogan announces more than $45 million in education funding to help students affected by COVID-19
    • Governor Larry Hogan has announced over $45 million in education funding for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, and rural broadband initiatives.
    • $10 million will go to K-12 Technology Funding; Community College Workforce Development Programs will receive $10 million; $10 million will go towards Competitive Innovation Grants, which will be awarded to educational institutions that present a unique or innovative approach to engage students, teachers, and school communities while working to address academic accessibility as a result of the pandemic; $10 million of the funding will go towards the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband to construct a wireless education network for students’ use; the Maryland State Department of Education will also provide over $650,000 in grants to the Maryland School for the Blind and the Maryland School for the Deaf.
  • Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help Michigan K-12 schools reopen
    • Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary.
    • The one-time funding, including an $800 per-pupil increase to address new costs related to COVID-19, would come from $3 billion in federal relief. Teachers would get a $500 bonus.
  • Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner issues update to COVID-19 guidance for schools
    • According to the Arkansas Ready for Learning Re-engagement to Onsite Instruction document, students over the age of 10 are strongly recommended to wear a face covering while riding on the bus. It is also recommended that students under the age of 10 wear a face covering “where practical”, according to the document.
  • Coronavirus: Indiana Launches Remote Learning Grant, Visa Order Harms Colleges, Industries
    • Indiana schools will have access to a grant program aimed at improving remote learning. The $61.6 million for the state-run program comes from the federal CARES Act. The Holcomb administration said the money will be focused on three areas: adding more devices used for remote learning, closing gaps in internet connectivity and helping train teachers in remote instruction.

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

  • Ohio criminal justice agencies getting help during COVID-19 pandemic from state grant program
    • Some local criminal justice agencies are getting help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor DeWine announced the first round of funding for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant.
    • DeWine said $2.1 million will be split between 65 Ohio criminal justice agencies including law enforcement, probation/parole offices, corrections agencies, courts, and victim service providers, several of which are in northeast Ohio.
  • (North Carolina) State prisons start COVID-19 testing of all inmates
    • The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a written statement that they have initiated plans to test all 31,000 offenders located in state correctional facilities for COVID-19. The testing is estimated to require at least 60 days to complete and is projected to cost approximately $3.3 million.

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Will regulators allow utilities to reap a windfall because of COVID-19?
    • Most businesses are suffering a loss from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Less demand exists for products they sell. Those providing a continuous service, from apartment rentals to broadband subscriptions, have seen an uptick in nonpayment. Few of these businesses will be made whole — except, perhaps, for one industry: utilities.