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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (CARES Act III)

This bill was signed into law on March 11, 2021, to speed up the recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use of Funds

Addressing Learning Loss (49%) – The Department of Education required a mandatory 20% be allocated in this area.
Items recommended in this area include: Salaries for extended day, Afterschool, Saturday School, Summer school, credit recovery, credit repair program for staff members; salaries for high frequency tutors to address the needs of our at-risk populations, added 1 social worker, added 4 study skills/credit recovery teachers, added a writing intervention specialist, added 2 instructional intervention specialist, added 2 class size reduction teachers, added 10 paraprofessionals, expanding access to nursing services and resources, added multi-tiered system of supports Coordinators, instructional resources and technology to support students, free school supplies for all students and focusing on literacy interventions (to include early learning programs and resources).

Facilities and Operations Post-COVID Response (35%)
Continued improvements to the air filtration systems at schools; continued improvement to doors and windows at schools; continued improvement to roofing at schools and district office and the addition of four (4) classrooms at W.G. Nunn and Sallas Mahone.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention (6%)
Professional development for teachers, training materials and supplies, added a Teacher Induction Specialist, resources and strategies to support the recruitment of personnel for critical positions and stipends for personnel.

Personal Protective Equipment (4%)
PPE, such as masks and gloves; deep cleaning and disinfectant of buildings/buses; additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies.

Continuity of Services (3%)
Costs associated with restoring potential budget loss in our School Nutrition Department.

Distance/Remote Learning (3%)
Chromebooks, panels, hot spots and internet service to support remote learning.

Valdosta City Schools Allocation

Period of Availability of Funds
March 24, 2021 – September 30, 2024

The district has submitted a budget to the Georgia Department of Education for 65% of the grant funding that was released and it was approved on August 5, 2021.

The district will submit the remaining budget of 15% for approval.