MARYLAND — To encourage a return to classrooms for in-person learning, State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon said she would be offering $10 million in funding to local school systems. The Maryland Department of Education gave more details Monday on the program.
Each school district will be able to get a $200,000 base as well as a per-student allocation on top. To qualify, schools must begin in-person instruction by the start of the second quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.
Money will go toward transportation and building readiness, after Salmon ordered all schools closed in March once the coronavirus began spreading in Maryland.
“We are pleased to provide this additional support to assist with health and safety precautions as schools work to return to in-person hybrid and small group instruction this fall,” Salmon said in a statement Monday. “It is our responsibility to make sure that school buildings reopen safely as soon as possible so that every child has access to a high quality, meaningful education.”
The funding comes from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.
“This additional $10 million in funds will assist schools in reopening and safely getting some of our kids back into classrooms and into healthy and supportive learning environments,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “With our health metrics continuing to improve, small group in-person instruction can occur safely, and should be available across the State.”
The Maryland State Department of Education will award $10 million to local school systems, the SEED School, the Maryland School for the Blind and the Maryland School for the Deaf.
Applications for the school reopening funding are due by Oct. 2.
This article originally appeared on the Baltimore Patch