I wanted to share some good news with you for the weekend. We will provide more information in the coming weeks as we work on the specifics for applying for funding, but we wanted to make you aware of a response we received from the U.S. Department of Education. Please see below:
The US Department of Education approved CDE’s request for a waiver to the State’s 2015 Charter School Program grant. The waiver will allow Colorado to award remote learning subgrants to charter schools in the state who, due to the COVID-19 crisis, incurred costs to implement remote learning for the first time. The total award is about $2 million which will support approximately 50 schools with an average award of $40,000. Schools will be prioritized for funding based on their FRL enrollment percentage so that schools with the highest FRL enrollment percentage will be funded first.
Allowable uses for these funds may include purchasing hardware, software, and licenses through the 2020-21 school year necessary for remote learning, training of staff on effective implementation of remote and/or socially-distanced learning, and offsetting one-time costs related to COVID-19 for increased social work, education counseling, and/or family engagement services responding to student and staff needs.
We also anticipate that schools will be able to submit for re-imbursement of pre-award costs going back to March or April of 2020.
As mentioned, we will provide more specific information on how to apply for these funds in the coming weeks, but for now, we wanted to make you aware as you may hear about this award in the coming days and weeks.
In the meantime, we hope you have a calm and restful weekend!