Jackson County schools to receive back-to-school funding through CARES Act

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 17:38:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Schools in Jackson County will receive funding as they continue their back-to-school efforts, Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. announced Monday.

The 12 school districts will each receive a share of $5 million of CARES Act funding received by the county, according to White.

“The members of our Legislature have been very diligent and responsible with every single dollar the County received from the federal government to combat the unforeseen, devastating impacts of the coronavirus,” White said in a news release. “Their support of this plan ensures teachers and staff have access to the resources they need to provide a quality education to our children no matter where they live. Jackson County is committed to serving our community during this critical time of need and I’d like to commend the Legislature for their valuable role in getting this important work done.”

The funding was allocated based on enrollment and poverty. It aims to allow each district flexibility to determine how the funds are used, White said.

Districts can use the money for wireless internet services, education technology, mental health services, COVID-19 testing or nutrition programs.

Here is a chart showing how much each district received.