Schumer: Federal funds could be coming to help schools reopen in September

Federal funds could be coming to help reopen schools in September, says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

News 12 Staff

Jul 16, 2020, 9:54 PM

Updated 1,408 days ago

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Federal funds could be coming to help reopen schools in September, says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Presidential Park Elementary in Middletown is supposed to reopen to students in less than two months, but whether it will happen is an open question to Superintendent Richard del Mara.
He says before schools can even think of hosting students for in-school learning, the district will need millions of dollars to buy PPE for its 9,000 students and staff.
"We have to do this with paramount concerns of health and safety first," he says. "The heart of any reopening plan will be safety and health."
Sen. Chuck Schumer stopped by the school Thursday with a promise of $175 billion earmarked for schools nationwide to best prepare them to reopen - that is if he can get that bill passed in the Senate.
Hudson Valley schools, which are already facing severe budget cuts, could receive $200 million - with at least $30 million for Middletown.
The federal dollars will go to purchase masks, sanitizer and gloves - anything to make students and staff feel safe.
The superintendent says they will also use the cash to buy devices for temperature checks.
Even with all this, he still doesn't think school as people once knew it will be happening next year.
"There's going to be some hybrid, which means some children might be able to come back, some will have remote learning and have that experiences .. but only when it's safe," he says.


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