August 18, 2020
Salt Lake County Contributes CARES Act Funding to Help Charter Schools Reopen Among COVID-19
Salt Lake County, Utah – Earlier this month, Salt Lake County provided $10 million in CARES Act funding to the five public school districts in Salt Lake County to help offset the impacts of COVID-19. As part of the County’s commitment to education, Salt Lake County announced today that it will also provide reimbursement grants to each of the fifty charter schools in the County totaling approximately $1.4 million. The grants are designed to reimburse CARES eligible expenses as schools grapple with the very difficult task of re-opening this fall during a pandemic. Charter school leaders have indicated the funding will mostly go toward staffing support and technology needs.
The charter school grants range from $9,000 to $49,000 and allocation is based in part on total number of students served and number of title 1 students served. As a reimbursement grant, money does not need to be repaid, but reimbursement will only be made for eligible expenditures between the period of June 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020 that were necessary due to COVID-19 and to support school reopening.
According to Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, while the County does not have jurisdiction over school districts, it has been tasked by the federal government to fill important gaps in the community caused by COVID.
“I believe that one of the greatest needs we have is ensuring that our kids continue to receive quality education during the pandemic,” said Mayor Wilson. “Anything we can do to help our schools provide a safe and accessible experience for our children is a top priority.”