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Supporting food-insecure families during extended school breaks

An extension of nationwide summer food service programs will allow school districts to provide free school meals to families through the end of the year, but services may be paused during extended school breaks.

Bill seeks to reduce burdens in Impact Aid application process during COVID-19

School districts may be able to use student counts and property valuation data from 2020-21 for their 2021-22 Impact Aid applications, due in late January.

Summer Food Service Program waivers extended to Dec. 31

The waivers permit food service providers to offer free meals to families of school-age children to last them through the week without restricting them to specific distribution centers.

5 ways to communicate with families experiencing, at risk for homelessness

COVID has compounded challenges in outreach to those least capable of maintaining internet connectivity to participate fully in schooling, and innovative outreach strategies may be needed.

CDC updates K-12 face mask guidance, recommends plan to prevent bullying

The agency recommends people wear cloth face coverings, not face shields, in public settings and when around people who live outside their household, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Ensuring homeless students have access to education

Amid COVID-19, district administrators should consider statutory funding uses and reprioritizing homeless education spending.

$85 million in federal funds promised to D.C. school choice program

The only federally funded school choice program in the country will receive more U.S. Department of Education funds over the next five years to boost lower-income students' ability to attend private schools.

Advancing tech instruction in rural communities

For its Rural Tech Project competition, the U.S. Department of Education is looking for competency-based program proposals.

South Carolina offers school districts an incentive for relief spending

Local education agencies can apply for supplemental funds to purchase content, expand connectivity for students, provide devices for teachers and students, license systems that support distance learning infrastructure, or provide PD on effectively delivering remote learning.

School nutrition programs face Covid-19-related fiscal challenges

The financial impact of coronavirus-related school closures includes school meal programs. Here's how Michigan is addressing related issues for the new school year.

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