AASA Joins Letter to Congress Requesting $2.6B in Funding for the School Nutrition Programs

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AASA Joins Letter to Congress Requesting $2.6B in Funding for the School Nutrition Programs

This week, AASA joined 30 other organizations in urging Congress to provide $2.6 billion to mitigate the estimated financial loss that school nutrition programs have and will continue to experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Last year, between March and June, school nutrition programs served more than 2.5 billion meals and snacks, receiving over $5 billion in reimbursement. Now according to early reports, programs are serving only a fraction of those meals. This unanticipated loss of revenue has forced programs to tap into fund balances and draw upon lines of credit to sustain their operations.
 
Consequently, as we begin looking at recovery, it is imperative to support these programs through additional reimbursement to district food operations. AASA will continue to push for these funding priorities in the next COVID-19 legislative packages. You can check out the full letter by clicking here.

Rural Community Resource Hub: Addressing COVID in Rural Communities

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Rural Community Resource Hub: Addressing COVID in Rural Communities

AASA is excited to share the Rural Community Resource Hub, a collaboration informed by input from rural school leaders in US. This free resource was developed by Prof. Mara Tieken  at Bates College. The Rural Community Resource Hub is an open, up-to-date resource designed to help & empower rural community leaders addressing #COVID19. It curates resources for families, students & educators and offers internet-based & also no-internet learning activities for kids. 

 Use this hyperlink, please: https://bit.ly/2YeQzCz

 

Funding Available to Districts: FEMA Category B

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Funding Available to Districts: FEMA Category B

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a National Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This action automatically triggered the Public Assistance, Category “B” Emergency Protective Fund, which provides districts with emergency aid for costs associated with managing and responding to the pandemic.
 
Specifically, this fund can only be used to pay for a limited amount of district services, such as emergency operation center costs, training specific to the declared event, and disinfectants. We understand districts are currently trying to budget for sanitation and cleaning costs associated with opening up next year, and we think this money could be particularly helpful for this purpose. Moreover, considering the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which provided $400 million in additional FEMA to respond to coronavirus, this emergency aid could theoretically fill a local funding gap for many districts seeking reimbursements for COVID-19 related services.
 
If you're looking to learn more about applying for Category B funding, we recommend that you reach out to your state's emergency operations division or see this FAQ.