GovWin SLED Weekly Coronavirus Recon

Published: July 10, 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.

Deltek will now be publishing the GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon once a week. 

Word on the Street

(What our Analysts are hearing from government)

  • A manager at the Bureau of Professional Services, Division of Procurement in the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) informed Deltek that State furloughs in July 2020 created uncertainty in certain project solicitation dates.

General

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

  • New York State Reopening Guidelines Require Higher Education Institutions to Develop Reopening Safety Plans
    • Prior to reopening, all New York businesses and institutions, including those previously allowed to open as “essential,” must follow comprehensive, industry-specific reopening guidelines and rules.
    • In addition to certain mandatory elements that must be followed, unlike other industry guidelines, rather than provide a template safety plan, the higher education guidelines require that institutions develop and then submit their own safety plan to NYDOH for approval.
  • COVID-19: Why higher education in the US must embrace digital
    • The shift to online learning has been devastating to many, it also marks an opportunity to address many of the inequities in higher education: increasing costs, greater debt, limited access and curriculum, and a failure to effectively utilize technology to benefit the modern student.
  • (Missouri) Fall semester plans for universities during COVID-19
    • With experts still worried of a second outbreak of the virus, most colleges are concluding all face-to-face classes by Thanksgiving. Most colleges will use online learning for the remainder of the semester, while other colleges have already moved their entire curriculum to online for the fall.
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine releases guidance for college campuses reopening amid coronavirus
    • The guidance includes minimum operating standards that should occur on all campuses, in addition to best practices to further enhance those standards. These guidelines include the requirement for every campus to develop policies and procedures for COVID-19 testing and the isolation of symptomatic students, faculty, and staff members.
    • Partially due to the costs associated with increased testing, DeWine said that he has requested that the Controlling Board of the General Assembly approve a request to allocate $200 million for higher education and $100 million for K-12 educational institutions.
  • (Texas) Gov. Abbott announces emergency relief funding for state higher education
    • Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will invest $57 million in federal funds to maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities.
  • (Georgia) State Budget Cuts $1.2 Billion From Education
    • Georgia K-12 schools will lose nearly $1 billion and public colleges and universities $250 million under the budget approved by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp last week. But at least there will be no furloughs.

K-12 Education

  • Start Date For Arkansas School Delayed Due To Coronavirus Concerns
    • Gov. Hutchinson announced Thursday that districts are to begin school the week of August 24 but no later than the 26th in response to the state handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Hutchinson said the reschedule comes after having a conversation with Secretary of Education Johnny Key and teachers.
  • Hopkins launches K-12 school reopening policy tracker
    • Johns Hopkins University researchers launched a new website that provides a range of tools dedicated to assessing and guiding K-12 school reopening plans across the United States, including a School Reopening Policy Tracker that provides real-time analysis of the latest guidance documents from every state.
  • (Missouri) State Coronavirus Relief Funds to Address K-12 Education Challenges
    • Missouri will use $55 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to expand educational opportunities for students and address both the challenge of student internet connectivity and potential learning loss during extended school closures. 
  •  (Connecticut) Lamont: in-person school depends on CT’s coronavirus status, as COVID numbers inch upward
    • Connecticut’s Department of Education says that state COVID-19 data will guide the decision-making process on how K-12 students should learn this fall which is being cited as the cases ticked upward this week.
    • Nesmith said his team is trying to get more laptops for students in these districts, in addition to the 60,000 secured through the now-disbanded Partnership for Connecticut cooperative between state officials and Dalio Philanthropies. He also said he’s trying to get money to resolve student connectivity issues.
  • (Ohio) Coronavirus: DeWine announces updated guidance for K-12 school reopening
    • DeWine also announced a new four-color Public Health Advisory Alert System for each Ohio county, based on several coronavirus indicators. The Governor stated there was a “strong consensus” from Ohio educators and parents “that our kids need to get back into the school buildings” citing the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation that the developmental risks to kids from missing school are greater than the risks of COVID.
  • What California’s budget deal means for K-12 schools
    • The final version of the budget signed by the governor reflects a compromise with state legislators who pushed back on the extent of proposed cutting. The state budget gives schools a short-term financial breather and enacts sweeping requirements for how schools will operate this fall. But it also heightens the stakes for potentially bigger, steeper cuts to schools in the long run.
  • (Arizona) Start date, online learning issues a concern for K-12 schools
    • The earliest schools will open in Arizona is August 17, but teachers and parents are skeptical on what education will look like in the fall. Gov. Ducey is offering federally funded “enrollment stability grants” to schools that help ensure they don’t lose money due to the COVID crisis. But an executive order that Ducey issued on June 24 stipulates that schools must be physically open for at least as many days per week as they were during the last school year in order to qualify for the grants.
  • (Connecticut) Dept. of Education Releases Roadmap for Reopening K-12 Schools in the Fall
    • The plan will allow all school districts in the state to deliver full-time, in-person classes and includes COVID-19 mitigation, containment, and monitoring strategies for districts to implement. The roadmap also includes contingency plans for class cancellation should Connecticut see a rise in COVID-19 cases.
    • The plan features five operational considerations: co-horting, social distancing and facilities, transportation, face coverings, and ensuring equity and access to education.
  • Maine Dept. of Education estimates it will cost $327 million to reopen K-12 schools
    • According to Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin, the cost includes things like personal protective equipment (PPE) and more buses to spread students out on the ride to school.
    • It also includes the cost for substitute teachers, as she says up to 20% of teachers are estimated not to return to the school immediately in the fall.
  • (Ohio) Gov. DeWine announces new relief funding plan for schools
    • Ohio colleges and universities would receive $200 million to help them safely reopen for fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic, while K-12 schools will receive $100 million, under a new funding plan state officials intend to submit to the Ohio Controlling Board.
  • New Mexico vows to defend school funding amid virus plans              
    • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pushed back Thursday against threats by President Donald Trump to withhold federal funds if public schools don’t fully resume classroom studies under pending federal health guidelines.
  • Missouri Gov. Parson announces $125 million in workforce, higher education spending
    • $9.7 million is going to job training, $80 million is going to support for safe return to in-person instruction and campus life, and $23.6 million is going to the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

  • Pandemic gives Smart911 a boost in Arkansas
    • Arkansas officials said the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred public interest in emergency operations, especially a newer service that arms first responders with additional information about callers before they arrive to the scene. Officials said the service, called Smart911, offers an additional degree of safety when responding to house calls involves potential exposure to a deadly virus.
  • How COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons Threatens Nearby Communities
    • While inmates mostly stay behind concrete walls and barbed wire, those barriers can’t contain an infectious disease like COVID-19. Not only can the virus be brought into jails and prisons, but it also can leave those facilities and spread widely into surrounding communities and beyond.
  • Money for Florida’s Guardian Program cut from state budget
    • Money for Florida’s Guardian Program has been cut from the state budget. $41 million in unused funds was cut from the program that pays law enforcement agencies to train armed school staff or volunteers to act during a shooting.

Transportation

Public Utilities