District schooling plans and options
Data from DHEC
COVID-19 funding available to districts
State funding allocated through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for certain COVID-19 related expenses is available for school districts. The General Assembly in September authorized the S.C. Department of Education to use any unexpended and remaining funds from its $222 million allocation this past June. The estimated total amount of unexpended funds allocated in June by the General Assembly was about $130 million.
New! In an October 19 memo sent to district superintendents and school business officials, the SC Department of Education (SCDE) announced that school districts will receive a direct allocation from the remaining CARES Act Relief Funds. Based on new guidance, the SCDE is changing its original process of reimbursing school districts for eligible, COVID-19 related expenses to providing districts with direct allocations.
- Receiving a direct allocation, rather than a reimbursement, districts will have until September 30, 2021 to expend the funding in four eligible areas rather than the previous deadline of December 31, 2020.
- Districts have been provided with an estimate of their allocation and must sign the allocation notification and return to the SCDE by Wednesday, October 28.
- Districts are required to submit to SCDE quarterly reports on expenditures.
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Factors for expanding schooling options
Face-to-face, hybrid and remote learning … how are they doing that?
Q&A with districts from around the state on various schooling options