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What COVID-19 Relief Funding Means for K-12 Schools
March 11, 2021

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), and the America Rescue Plan, which the Senate just approved on March 6, 2021, allocated $13.2B, $54.3B and $126B respectively to K-12 schools. This funding is designed to help K-12 schools curb the financial burdens associated with COVID-19, the safe reopening of schools, and learning recovery efforts [1].  

These funds can be used for: 

  • Improving coordination among state, local, tribal and other entities to slow the spread of COVID-19 
  • Providing resources that principals need to address coronavirus at their schools 
  • Supporting school district efforts to improve preparedness 
  • Planning for school closures 
  • Providing services to support student mental health 
  • Repairing school facilities, especially ventilation systems, to improve air quality and reduce the spread of COVID 
  • Purchasing PPE and the supplies needed to clean and disinfect schools 
  • Training staff on the best ways to sanitize schools and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Purchasing the hardware and software needed to conduct remote and hybrid learning 
  • Supporting afterschool and summer learning programs 
  • Addressing learning loss, especially among disadvantaged students through evidence-based approaches, which can include assessments and distance learning equipment [2] 

With just over 50 million K-12 students in the United States [3], it will be extremely important for schools to figure out how to properly use relief funds to help their teachers and students. The last four bullets of this list can be accomplished with one powerful learning tool. An online learning platform that is custom branded and has content curated to meet your school's needs can be a powerful resource that allows your school to use its funding in the most cost-effective way, while supporting your major educational goals.  

How Can Your K-12 School Easily and Effectively Use Relief Funds to Launch an Online Learning Platform That Aids Learning Recovery? 

The effective use of relief funds will be essential when deciding where to allocate funds in K-12 schools. The budget-conscious choice to get the most out of your COVID-19 Relief funds is to partner with an online learning platform provider. Not all online learning platforms are equal. With a smart partnership, your school can provide an engaging platform to your students and teachers. A smart partnership will provide a platform that supports teacher training, summer camps, learning recovery programs and addresses learning loss with analytical data.  

Here are some key elements of an online learning platform that will meet your schools' needs:  

  • Custom branded platform and content that can support a multitude of various learning programs 
  • Easy integration with other learning tools 
  • Intuitive and easy to use social media inspired design that increases engagement 
  • AI and advanced data analytics to provide insights into students learning 
  • Community building platform features like discussion boards and video capabilities 

Partnering with an online learning platform that is customizable and powerful enough to support many of your schools' needs will make a massive difference in your teacher's and student's experience and make use of your COVID Relief Funds in a budget-conscious way. Set up your students and teachers for success by choosing a smart partner to provide your online learning environment.  

Amesite Offers a Single, Easy to Use, Scalable Solution   

Launch an online learning environment that offers an engaging platform that can support teacher training, summer camp, and learning recovery programs and address learning loss with analytical data.  

Amesite is specifically designed for engaged learning and has a phenomenal retention rate of 98% across all programs. This retention rate speaks to the very high level of engagement that Amesite's platform offers. The platform provides unparalleled ease of use, features that build engagement and community.   

Amesite's product offers:   

  • A branded, customized platform that's scalable and cost-effective 
  • An easy to use and engaging platform 
  • AI and advanced data analytics 
  • Turn-key programs 
  • Intuitive social media inspired design which builds community and engagement 

Many social media inspired features are used in Amesite's system. Instructors and students can use upvotes and endorsements, use discussion boards, and built-in video conferencing and messaging functions. These Social features provide a quick and easy way for the class to communicate with each other and build community by allowing a real-time connection between the students and the instructors.  

Let Amesite help your school launch an engaging online learning platform today. Request a Demo!    

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Resources: 

[1] Future Ed. March 6, 2021. What Congressional Covid Funding Means for K-12 Schools. https://www.future-ed.org/what-congressional-covid-funding-means-for-k-12-schools/#:~:text=CARES%20Act%20Allocation,of%20that%20for%20administrative%20costs. Accessed March 6, 2021. 

[2] Future Ed. March 6, 2021. What Congressional Covid Funding Means for K-12 Schools. https://www.future-ed.org/what-congressional-covid-funding-means-for-k-12-schools/#:~:text=CARES%20Act%20Allocation,of%20that%20for%20administrative%20costs. Accessed March 6, 2021. 

[3] NCES. 2020. Back to school statistics. https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372#:~:text=The%20projected%2050.7%20million%20public,23.4%20million%20White%20students Accessed March 6, 2021.