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PCCD School Safety & Security Committee makes $49.8 million available for School Health & Safety Grants to address COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA. — The School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) approved the release of $49.8 million today to address additional COVID-19-related health and safety needs for school districts. 

Pocono Mountain School District will receive an additional $257,604 in grant funding from PCCD to address COVID-19 health and safety needs. Districts will receive additional information about the application process directly from PCCD within the next few days.      

As part of the passage of Act 30 of 2020, a total of $49.8 million in federal ESSER funding was transferred to PCCD from the PA Department of Education to be distributed to school districts to support COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grants. 

Eligible uses for the funding include the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing products; training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases; equipment purchases; modifying existing areas to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff; providing mental health services and supports; purchasing educational technology for distance learning; and other health and safety programs, items or services necessary to address the COVID-19 disaster emergency.