GovWin SLED Weekly Coronavirus Recon

Published: September 04, 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

  • Apple, Google: Contact tracing to become standard smartphone feature
    • Apple and Google announced that future versions of their mobile phone operating systems will include their jointly developed COVID-19 contact tracing platform as a built-in feature that users can voluntarily turn on if their states are using it.
  • Indiana Set To Launch New Map To Help Schools Make Decisions About COVID-19
    • Indiana Governor Holcomb provided updates on the new map of color-coded counties that is set to launch in an effort to provide more information for schools and local officials to make decisions. The color levels range from Blue (minimal community spread), Yellow (moderate community spread), Orange (moderate to high community spread), and Red (high community spread).
  • (Michigan) Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends coronavirus state of emergency through Oct. 1
    • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's state of emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic through Oct. 1.
  • (Texas) For families without internet, Dallas libraries install outdoor Wi-Fi
    • Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced that four libraries will begin providing free public Wi-Fi during the day to support families and students who lack access at home.
    • The deployments will provide another necessary source of connectivity for 18,000 Dallas Independent School District families, 30% of which lack access to the internet at home
  • How consolidated IT aided states’ pandemic responses
    • While it was a common problem for state governments about a decade ago, Minnesota CIO Tarek Tomes and Tennessee CIO Stephanie Dedmon said that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that recent consolidation efforts paid off in making it easier to react quickly to various agencies’ needs.

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

  • New York college sending students home for rest of fall semester amid rise in COVID cases
    • SUNY Oneonta is sending all students home for the rest of the fall semester after hundreds of coronavirus cases have been reported so far this school year. All in-person classes and activities for the rest of the semester are canceled after 389 students have tested positive for COVID since the semester started
  • Chico State becomes first California university to close dorms after students move in
    • Chico State stands as a warning to college campuses across California that offer some classes in-person and open dorms to even a few students: despite all of their plans and significantly cutting back the number of people on campus, the coronavirus pandemic can still force universities to shut down and send students off campus. Other schools in the San Diego, CA area are considering the same action.
  • Reopening Colleges Face Biggest Coronavirus Threat: Students
    • According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, more than a third of the country's 5,000 campuses are giving it a go despite a series of high-profile failures and despite the most obvious obstacle of all: counting on students to change their behavior.
    • On another note, the risk profile changes for smaller colleges that are located in remote parts of the country with few to no infections and that are prepared to test and trace.
  • (Minnesota) Students at for-profit colleges more likely to benefit from federal coronavirus aid
    • Students at Minnesota’s for-profit colleges and universities were more likely to get a windfall from federal COVID-19 aid for students than those enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities, according to an analysis of institutions’ spending reports. The formula used to determine how much funding colleges and universities got through the federal CARES Act this spring favored schools enrolling full-time, low-income students, which gave a boost to some small private programs.
    • The formula also showed that public institutions, especially community colleges, were short changed as a result; which in turn limited the funds colleges could give directly to students hit hardest by the pandemic.
  • (Colorado) CU Boulder enrollment drops in face of COVID-19, administrators warn more budget cuts are looming
    • University of Colorado Boulder leaders expect decreased enrollment to exacerbate the steep budget cuts already levied upon the largest university in the state as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on higher education.

K-12 Education

  • DHEC Begins Providing K-12 Cases of COVID-19 by School; South Carolina Announces Latest COVID-19 Update
    • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will begin providing twice-weekly reports on the number COVID-19 cases associated with staff and students at public and private schools in the state.
    • This school reporting will include for every school both cumulative and rolling 30-day counts of confirmed cases among students, teachers and faculty members, and will be updated on DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage twice a week.
  • (Louisiana) K-12 schools in La. now required to report daily COVID-19 cases to Dept. of Health
    • A new emergency order from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) requires K-12 schools to report their COVID-19 cases daily. This includes public, private, and charter schools.
    • LDH has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to create a universal online reporting system for all schools across the state to use. As for universities, they will report their cases to LDH weekly. Those case numbers are available on each university’s website.
  • Teachers to give COVID-19 case report separate from Texas count
    • The Texas Education Agency is helping the Texas Department of State Health Services conduct weekly data collection. They also want public schools to report enrollment numbers on campuses.
  • Addressing Social and Emotional Needs During COVID-19: Emerging Themes in School Reopening Guides
    • AIR says schools with essential conditions for learning maintain environments that are physically and emotionally safe, supportive, challenging, and socially and emotionally nurturing. CCSSO created a framework to address and respond to COVID-19 impacts on the K-12 education system and included conditions for learning in its guidance.
    • Since the COVID-19 disruption, there has been further research on the importance of social and emotional skill-building to help students manage difficulty in their lives. Research identifies student anxiety and depression as the two most urgent mental health issues.
    • A growing body of research suggests that developing teachers’ social and emotional competencies improves teacher well-being, reduces stress and burnout, and can reduce teacher and principal turnover.
  • (New York) Cuomo Warns of COVID Spike From In-Person K-12; NYC Teachers Union May Hold Strike Vote
    • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised a warning flag for schools that are expected to reopen in person in some capacity in less than two weeks, forewarning that clusters of COVID-19 cases that have been popping in colleges will inevitably happen to some degree when K-12 starts the new year. He also said that the state can come in and "override the locality" if they believe that the schools should close back down, or in the case of NYC, remain closed.
  • (Ohio) Gov. DeWine Orders New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements For K-12 Schools
    • DeWine’s order requires three things: for parents to notify schools if their child tests positive for COVID-19; schools will be encouraged to notify parents if there is a positive case in their child’s school building; and third, DeWine says that information should be made available to the public on the state health department's coronavirus website.
  • (Indiana) State board of education finds fix to fully fund schools, for now
    • The Indiana State Board of Education voted to change the definition of “virtual student” for the upcoming fall count of student enrollment, guaranteeing schools will receive full funding for most of their students, regardless of how instruction is delivered, for at least the next six months.
  • (North Carolina) Legislature passes COVID-19 relief, holds districts harmless for budget reductions due to declines in enrollment
    • House Bill 1105 passed the General Assembly with a 104-10 concurrence vote by the North Carolina House of Representatives.
    • The State Board of Education is directed to not reduce the allotments of public school units based on differences in the anticipated and the actual daily student membership.
  • Virginia schools set to lose another $95 million in funding
    • Virginia schools are set to lose another $95 million in funding this year due to revisions in the state budget related to declining sales tax revenue.
  • Board adds $1M to help get more Utah students connected to internet
    • The Utah State Board of Education voted to add $1 million from the agency’s state Coronavirus Relief Funds to extend the reach of a competitive grant program to bring broadband access or hotspots to the households of K-12 students.
  • Loeffler joins push to underwrite private school tuition as part of COVID-19 relief
    • Sen. Lamar Alexander is pushing Congress to underwrite private school tuition as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — one of his final acts as the Tennessee Republican heads for retirement from Congress.
  • (Washington) County to consider providing $3 million in COVID-19 aid funds to local school districts
    • Spokane County may soon award the region’s school districts an estimated $3 million in COVID-19 funds to help districts provide day camps and internet access for students.
  • South Dakota schools to receive $75 million in additional coronavirus relief funding
    • Public and private schools in South Dakota will be receiving an additional $75 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, according to a news release from Gov. Kristi Noem’s office.

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