CARSON CITY – A streamlined application process has been launched for school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) to apply for a share of the $50 million in CARES Act funding made available by the Nevada Legislature during the 31st Special Session.
The funds, set aside in Assembly Bill 3 and distributed through the Nevada Department of Education, are intended to help mitigate any impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing internet connectivity and access to devices to students and developing and providing programs.
A statement from the NDE notes, “Funds are targeted to meet the needs of English Learners, elementary students who are not reading at grade level, students eligible for free-or-reduced-price lunch, students who scored at or below the 25th percentile on an assessment of proficiency, and students who attend schools rated below the 10th percentile of lowest performing schools.”
Funding will be allocated to school districts and charter schools on a per-pupil basis. It’s also only available for expenses incurred after March 1, 2020 and through Dec. 30, 2020.