GovWin SLED Weekly Coronavirus Recon - June 11, 2021

Published: June 11, 2021

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

  • US Education Department Releases Third COVID-19 Handbook to Support Higher Education’s Safe Reopening
    • The US Department of Education has published the third COVID-19 Handbook “Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff,” which includes additional strategies for higher education institutions and communities while they aim to return to in-person learning safely.
  • (Minnesota) Lawmakers reach $3.5 billion higher education deal
    • Minnesota lawmakers have reached a $3.5 billion higher education deal, aiming to increase college funding by nearly $100 million over the next two years.
  • Texas universities get a last-minute infusion of $380 million
    • Texas’ public university officials and higher education leaders said state lawmakers added a last-minute influx of $380 million in funding for four-year universities and health institutions at the end of this year’s legislative session, a welcome addition for many schools that have seen enrollments rise as they deal with the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • Latest Numbers Show Largest College Enrollment Decline In A Decade
    • Updated figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) show that overall college enrollment fell to 16.9 million students this spring, down more than 600,000 students from a year ago. That one-year decline of 3.5% is the largest spring semester enrollment decrease since 2011, according to the final spring report by the NSCRC released today.
  • California's community colleges took a massive hit during the pandemic
    • Student enrollment in higher education took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an annual decrease in undergraduate enrollment by 3.6 percent nationwide.
    • In California, changes in enrollment at the three state-financed university systems — California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), and California Community College (CCC) — varied greatly. While the CSU and UC systems had slight increases in undergraduate enrollment, the community college system’s enrollment decreased dramatically, according to a recently released study from economists at the UC Santa Cruz.

K-12 Education

  • Alabama school districts offering summer resources to fight against COVID-19 academic slide
    • During 2020, school districts across Alabama dealt with unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting many students’ academic performance.
    • To help these students get back on track, many school districts will be offering additional resources this summer.
  • Connecticut will use some of $110M in federal COVID-19 education funds for summer enrichment, online learning platforms, statewide model curriculum
    • The state Department of Education expects to use some of $110 million in coronavirus relief funding from the American Rescue Plan to provide summer enrichment program grants, extend contracts with online learning platforms and establish a statewide model curriculum, according to a report released Wednesday.
  • Maine Schools Told to Prepare for Full-Time, In-Person Fall
    • The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills told Maine's school districts Wednesday that the state expects all schools to resume full-time, in-person learning in the fall.
    • The Maine Department of Education also told the school districts that physical distancing requirements will be relaxed next year. It also encouraged schools to participate in a free testing program designed to protect students who are not yet old enough to receive a coronavirus vaccine.
  • Pandemic burnout causing teachers to rethink returning in the fall
    • School year 2020-2021 has brought many teachers to a breaking point, with many deciding to either retire or leave the profession for something else, after having to juggle classroom and online education and trying to maintain a semblance of a connection with their students.   
    • RAND Corporation surveyed thousands of teachers in January and discovered that, due to pandemic-related anxieties, 25% of teachers will leave the profession by the end of the current school year.    

Health Care

Social Services 

  • New York state announces $200 million in additional food aid for June
    • The New York state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive at least the maximum allowable level of food benefits for June, a benefits distribution that will push more than $200 million in federal aid into the state’s recovering economy.
    • The supplemental benefits provided to individuals and households enrolled in SNAP have already infused more than $2.3 billion into New York’s economy since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Managing energy risk in the new normal post-COVID-19
    • The energy sector is as complex as the different forms of energy required to power our modern lives. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 'The May Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) remains subject to heightened levels of uncertainty because responses to COVID-19 continue to evolve. Economic activity has increased significantly after reaching multi-year lows in the second quarter of 2020. The increase in economic activity and easing of COVID-19-related restrictions have contributed to rising energy use.
  • U.S. Water Utilities Emerge Largely COVID-Proof
    • Most water utilities saw improved revenue growth year-over-year despite the crippling effects of the pandemic on the broader economy. “Water utilities have proven quite battle-tested between weathering the great recession, natural disasters, and now the coronavirus pandemic,” said Director Julie Seebach. “Increased residential water consumption helped to offset lower revenues from commercial customers while most utilities reacted quickly and scaled back discretionary costs as the pandemic took hold,” said Seebach.