MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward County School District is calling on the state to act and provide COVID-19 funding made available by the federal government.
“We are all grappling with the loss of loved ones, the loss of colleagues, the loss of friends and family,” said Broward School Board President Dr. Rosalind Osgood, who added that the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt throughout their neighborhood.
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At a press conference on Friday, Acting Superintendent Vickie Cartwright echoed the concerns, saying the most recent impact is the death of another teacher.
“At this point we have lost a total of four people, unfortunately we lost someone last night,” Cartwright said.
The district says it has put in place a mask warrant to try to protect other teachers, staff and students from contracting the virus. But as they move forward with the mask requirement, officials say the state is not releasing about $ 630 million in funding from the CARES Act signed by the Trump administration.
“About $ 125 million or so in your mothers for the Broward County School Board District charter schools, our allocation specifically for the US bailout of $ 509.9 million, these are funds that have not been available. for any district in the state of Florida, ”Cartwright said. Who adds that the money would be used to buy smaller vehicles to help with the shortage of bus drivers. As well as assistance in finding contacts to free up school administrators and nurses who do this job instead of doing their normal duties.
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She also said the money would help with the resource tour for students who have fallen behind due to COVID and the hiring of additional staff.
The state is also not releasing an additional $ 256 million from the American Recovery Plan Act, signed by President Biden. Officials say part of those funds would go towards paying the salaries of school board members, as the Education Department has pledged to withhold board members’ salaries for approving the mask’s mandate.
“All these funds that come in must go to the state of Florida. It therefore goes through the Ministry of Education, then is communicated to us. At this point, we are asking Dependent Education, our state, to create a process for us to apply for these funds, ”Cartwright said. “We don’t even have a process to apply for these funds,” she continued.
Miami-Dade schools said on Friday afternoon they had not received any money from the state.
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