The County Executive is recommending to the Board of Commissioners that $28 million from the County’s CARES Act funds be appropriated to reimburse Oakland County School districts for eligible expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to the $ 2 million appropriated for school nurses.
A resolution implementing this program will be considered by the Board of Commissioners’ Pandemic Response and Economic Recovery committee next week and the full Board of Commissioners next week as well.
The program is modeled after the county’s Local Government Support program which is currently reimbursing local cities, villages and townships for their COVID-19 related expenses.
The CARES Act guidance provided by the U.S Treasury indicates CARES Act funds may be used to “facilitate distance learning, including technological improvements, in connection with school closings to enable compliance with COVID-19 precautions;” and “expenses for the acquisition and distribution of medical and protective supplies” and “expenses for disinfection of public areas and other facilities,” and expenses” to ensure compliance with COVID-19 public health orders.”
Some examples* of eligible expenses may include:
- Equipment to facilitate remote learning
- Curriculum to facilitate remote learning
- Personal Protection Equipment
- Building enhancements (ie, plexiglass) to ensure social distancing
- Equipment to facilitate health screenings of staff and students
- Cleaning and disinfection of public spaces
*this list is not exhaustive.
After passage by the Board of Commissioners, the county will make available an online submission from where schools will be able to submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.
The $28 million will be allocated to school districts through a formula based on the number of students, the number of teachers and the percent of a school districts free and reduced lunch population. School districts will still need to apply for reimbursement up to this formula-based cap.