This bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020. These additional funds are specifically for planning for and coordinating activities that address learning loss; preparing schools for reopening; testing, repairing, upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings; and additional activities authorized in the law.
Use of funds
Addressing Learning Loss (37%)
Items recommended in this area include: Providing extended year Summer School for remediation and enrichment, instructional resources and technology to support students, early literacy development programs and resources, added 5 elementary intervention specialists, added 4 middle school intervention specialists and added 1 social worker.
Continuity of Services (28%)
Cost associated with districtwide utilities; cost associated with salaries and benefits for K-12 teachers.
Teacher Recruitment and Retention (16%)
Items recommended in this area include: professional development for teachers, training materials and supplies, stipends for personnel, and strategies to support the recruitment of personnel for critical positions.
Distance/Remote Learning (12%)
Chromebooks, panels, hot spots and internet service to support remote learning.
Personal Protective Equipment (5%)
PPE, such as masks and gloves; deep cleaning and disinfectant of buildings/buses; additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies.
Operations Post-COVID Response (2%)
Purchase three (3) buses to relieve some overcrowding on select routes and provide better social distancing for those students to and from school.
Valdosta City Schools Allocation
Period of Availability of Funds
January 5, 2021 – September 30, 2022
The district has submitted a budget to the Georgia Department of Education and it was approved on June 17, 2021.