Leveraging Federal COVID Relief Funding to Support Student and Staff Wellbeing and Connection: Opportunities for State Education Agencies
In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided over $190 billion for education. The funding to state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) represents a historic opportunity to support student and staff wellbeing and connection. Investing COVID relief funding in efforts that support student and staff wellbeing and connection is critical given the intensified mental health and emotional needs of students and staff across the country resulting from the COVID pandemic.
While COVID relief funding creates an important opportunity to meet student and staff mental health needs in the short term, there is a need to ensure sustainability of the programs and services that are implemented with this grant funding. Key opportunities, such as leveraging Medicaid and Every Student Succeeds Act Title funding, exist for ensuring the sustainability of supports implemented with COVID relief funding.
Viewing the webinar below will help you:
- Understand the available streams of COVID relief funding and timeline for receiving and spending funding
- Understand how the COVID pandemic has impacted student and staff mental health
- Identify examples of allowable uses of COVID relief funding that support student and staff wellbeing and connection
- Identify sustainable streams of funding programs initiated with COVID relief funding and opportunities for increasing these sustainable streams of funding
- Jill Bohnenkamp, Assistant Professor, National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Anne Bowles, Program Director, Student Centered Learning, Council for Chief State School Officers
- Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent, Finance and Operations, Michigan Department of Education
- Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director, Healthy Schools Campaign
- Michael Rice, State Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education
- Peter Zamora, Director of Federal Relations, Membership and Outreach, Council for Chief State School Officers
Co-hosted by Council for Chief State School Officers, Healthy Schools Campaign and the National Center for School Mental Health
Top photo by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action