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Districts are planning ventilation and HVAC upgrades with ESSER funds, as well as other maintenance projects, over a shortened summer break.
Which COVID-19 prevention measures should we keep in the long term and which may hinder our sustainability goals?
The money, half supplied through direct grants and the other $50 billion through bonds, also includes $45 billion to replace lead water pipes nationwide.
The Senate passed its version of a relief package that includes approximately $126 billion in funding for K-12 education, down from the nearly $130 billion provided by the House.
Investments in this area not only combat COVID-19, but also provide a safety net for future viruses down the line.
Long before COVID, Thousand Oaks High School in California began designing an outdoor classroom equipped with all the instructional technology of an indoor learning space.
Upgrading the boiler system at Myrtle Crest Elementary School in rural Oregon ended up costing its district nothing.
Energy efficiency may not make as big a splash as solar panels, but changing a school's lights bulbs and other measures can be a low-cost way to generate significant savings.
When more energy-efficient new facilities are built in Bend La-Pine Schools, administrators determine where similar energy upgrades can be made to older buildings.
Electric buses not only keep pollutants out of the air and save fuel costs, but they can also generate some revenue for a school district.
The switch to solar power in Arkansas' Batesville School District had two big benefits: more affordable green energy and a big raise for teachers.