DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Division of Schooling have introduced that $11.5 million in federal COVID-19 schooling funding will help in psychological well being assets for college students in addition to assist neighborhood school profession credential packages.
As much as $8.76 million of the funds will assist pre-Okay-12 college districts present psychological well being companies and assist to college students. The opposite $2.89 million will go to Iowa’s neighborhood schools to assist these whose jobs have been impacted by the pandemic. The funding will assist individuals enroll in short-term coaching packages for high-demand job fields similar to manufacturing, transportation, know-how, and well being care.
“Whereas the true value of this pandemic is but unknown, we’re already conscious of the devastating psychological well being results on our younger individuals,” Reynolds mentioned. “Increasing psychological well being companies in our faculties is crucial to their general restoration. Once we take care of the entire youngster, we safe higher outcomes for them and their households.”
The funding is being supplied by the Governor’s Emergency Schooling Aid Fund (GEER II Fund) which is part of a federal COVID-19 Act handed in December of 2020.
“These further assets will assist faculties increase companies to handle rising social-emotional-behavioral well being wants and assist the general well-being of scholars affected by the pandemic. As well as, rising monetary help by the GAP Tuition Help Program will assist extra Iowans achieve the abilities wanted for good-paying, high-demand jobs in Iowa, each immediately and sooner or later.”
Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Division of Schooling
Within the fall, there was a primary spherical of GEER funding, that supplied Iowa with $26.2 million. Gov. Reynolds used these funds to increase broadband entry and enhance web connectivity.