Covid Relief Federal Funding Enhances Safety
The federal government is hard at work ensuring Americans receive financial assistance for hardships endured during the pandemic. One key goal of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is that the federal funding enhances safety in classrooms for students and teachers. In December 2020 Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA). This was a $900 billion COVID relief package that included around $82 billion for education. Currently under debate is another stimulus package allocating an additional $170 billion for K-12 schools and higher education.
Spending CRRSA Funding
The law allows districts to spend their money on a broad range of support. This includes laptops and internet hotspots to cleaning supplies, face masks, teacher training, and even staff salaries.
School districts can utilize federal dollars on various programs that improve the learning environment. One example is enhancing coordination among state and local entities to slow the spread of Covid-19. Other programs include mental health services and summer academic programs addressing learning loss. Schools can even pay for facility upgrades that reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Make The Most Of Federal Dollars
However districts decide to spend federal dollars, one thing is clear. Districts should take this opportunity to invest in programs, improvements, and technology to benefit their schools in the long run.
When it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19 AND emergency management, federal funding enhances safety with CENTEGIX’s All-In-One Contact Tracing / Emergency Response Solution ContactAlert™, a unique way to protect schools now and into the future.
Prevent Spread AND Gain A Comprehensive Emergency Response Solution
ContactAlert™ enables district leaders to protect their teachers and staff. This is done by anonymously contact tracing school constituents that may have been in contact for a defined time with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Data privacy is a fundamental design principle of ContactAlert. Exposure data is provided anonymously for an incident that meets contact tracing criteria. This criteria, as defined by the CDC and Departments of Public Health, is currently more than 15 minutes of close exposure.
Districts purchasing ContactAlert™ also receive CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert™ platform. CrisisAlert is a revolutionary IoT platform that protects over 1 million K-12 students and staff from extreme incidents. These incidents include situations such as active shooters to everyday in-school situations such as student altercations and medical emergencies.
CrisisAlert empowers users to discreetly and immediately request help through an easy to use smart badge while providing first responders with actionable information enabling them to respond faster in any situation. Importantly, CrisisAlert™ delivers precise, room-level alert location accuracy within buildings, immediate audio and visual incident notifications (including lighted strobes, screen messages, and two-way radio integration), simple activation via a CrisisAlert badge, and 100% full campus coverage.
Districts have a unique opportunity to invest in protecting their staff and students from COVID-19 while also installing an emergency response solution that will handle all campus emergencies for years to come. Now is the time to take advantage of CARES Act funding to BEST protect schools from viruses and all emergencies.
For more information on how CENTEGIX supports district leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our COVID-19 page.