County Commission approves $750,000 CARES Act money for digital teacher training

At yesterday’s Alachua County Commission Meeting the Commission took the following actions:

(1) authorized $750,000 of CARES Act money to facilitate additional digital teacher training and lesson plan development and;

(2) Extended the deadline from 7/31/20 to 12/31/20 for Covid-19 related income loss so that teachers or furloughed employees could immediately access funds under the Alachua County CARES ACT individual grant program.

Karen Clarke

In this excerpt from a letter to teachers, Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Clarke wrote: 

“We’ve heard from some teachers that there is a need for more time for training and course development, particularly related to CANVAS. To meet that need, we will be providing teachers up to an additional 30 hours next week. While the district is facing significant financial challenges at this time, we are diverting funding from other budget items to make this happen, and last night the Alachua County Commission voted to provide an additional $750,000 from its $46 million in CARES Act funding to help support this extra time for teachers. I want to thank the Alachua County Commissioners for their support. Providing these extra hours would have been very difficult without their help.”

The School Board of Alachua County has extended the beginning of the school year to August 31st.

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