GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 30, 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

K-12 Education

  • (Michigan) Grand Rapids school board approves $10.6M budget cut for next year due to coronavirus
    • The Grand Rapids school board unanimously approved its 2020-21 budget, which includes a cut of $10.6 million, due to projected reductions in state funding following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • (Connecticut) State releases plan to return students to school
    • The state released requirements and guidance for local districts to open schools this fall as hospitalizations in the state due to COVID-19 fell under 100 for the first time in months.
    • The Department of Education released its plan to return students to schools this fall with an option for parents and guardians to choose to keep students home temporarily. The state introduced the possibility to rehire retired teachers and teachers who voluntarily identify as “high risk” or have other health concerns to lead continued distance learning programs.
  • (Michigan) Gov. Whitmer to release details of the state's back-to-school plan Tuesday
    • Whitmer stated she is optimistic that schools will return to in-person learning in the fall and schools must make sure to enact strict safety measures to continue protecting educators, students, and their families.
  • North Carolina public school announcement amid coronavirus pandemic expected this week
    • North Carolina officials are looking at the trends of cases, tests and hospitalizations in order to determine how schools will operate in August. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expected to share how the state's public schools will operate in the upcoming school academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic by Wednesday.
    • The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) lays out a comprehensive set of baseline health practices that public schools should follow to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19 for students, staff, and families, and schools.
  • Arizona school reopening will be delayed until at least Aug. 17
    • Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes this year until at least Aug. 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey announced.
    • The announcement means schools will not be able to hold in-person classes until mid-August, but schools could offer online instruction before the reopening date, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman wrote.
  • (Iowa) State COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools lacking, Rep. Steckman says
    • On June 25, the Iowa Department of Education (DE) released COVID reopening guidance to k-12 schools for the upcoming school year. After significant push back from education leaders, teachers, and parents, the department quickly offered to take more input.
  • Texas Teachers Consider Leaving The Classroom Over COVID-19 Fears
    • The Association of Texas Professional Educators recently surveyed some 4,200 educators. About 60% said they were concerned about their health and safety heading into the 2020-21 school year. Also, nearly one-third of U.S. teachers are 50 years or older, according to federal data. That puts them at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus.

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities

Natural Resources/Environment            

  • COVID-19 gives us good reasons to hit up parks. Now we need to fully fund their upkeep
    • Even before the virus, Congress was planning to enact key public land enhancements and protections, including the full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s most important program for expanding outdoor opportunities.
    • It makes perfect sense at this time because parks and public spaces are not only good for our health. An invigorated outdoor recreation economy can be a potent stimulus for our recovery as we continue, phase by phase, to emerge from the pandemic.