The Sunshine State is one of the final states to receive COVID-19 relief funding, and Polk County Public Schools has budgeted $202.3 million, based on the funding.
Presently, the funding is planned for the current school year from the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Emergency Relief Fund — allotted from the American Rescue Plan’s $1.9 trillion package. Here’s a breakdown of how PCPS plans to allocate the budget for the remainder of the school year:
- $65.2 million — sanitation efforts including cleaning, ventilation, and air quality
- $33 million — digital resources such as software, books, and digital curriculums
- $32.8 million — technology for students and staff like updated computers
- $31.2 million — funding for Polk County’s charter schools
- $16.5 million — additional education such as summer school, tutoring, etc.
- $14.4 million — administrative expenses
- $5.4 million — staff advancements like stipends, professional development, and hiring
- $3.8 million — wellness enrichment such as physical + mental health, plus any other medical support needed