Buying meals, beverages or snacks for an event such as a professional development session is only allowable when it’s reasonable and necessary. The restrictions are keeping many school districts from purchasing food with federal funds.
Federal interpretation of the CARES Act, contend the attorneys general of Michigan, California, Maine, New Mexico, Wisconson and District of Columbia, will hurt low-income and at-risk students and their teachers, as well as the public schools that serve them and need to meet students’ educational and social-emotional needs due to pandemic-related school closures.
Leveraging both technology-based and face-to-face instructional approaches, blended learning in this state will be supported by federal funds. School districts plan to increase instructional hours, including summer school time, English learner programs, and tutoring capacity, to address the COVID slide.