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At the Nov. 11 board of education meeting, Albany County School District #1 (ACSD) offered an update on the uses and distribution of the money it has received from the CARES Act.The CARES Act resources are spread out over four main funds:• Coronavirus Relief Fund
• Elementary & Secondary Education Emergency Relief Fund• Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund• Nutrition FundingAllocations for the Coronavirus Relief Fund are used to prevent learning loss and reduce virus exposure. A large part of preventing learning loss is holding summer school, while computer-based virtual instruction (CBVI) helps prevent virus exposure. These funds have been used for salary, benefits, and materials for 2020 summer school staffs, salary and benefits for three educators for the CBVI program for the 2020-21 year, and salary and benefits for 30 educators to teach an additional CBVI class period.The school district also purchased masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes for classrooms and other areas, additional fogging, social distancing signage, plexiglass barriers, and similar items.These distributions make up $1,196,819.65 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. There is $39,909.83 remaining in this allotment.
The GEER fund is split into three sections:• GEER Fund for Educational Technology• GEER Fund for Early Childhood Transitions• GEER Fund for Remote Learning …
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