Last week, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released
Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools
to help schools and school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two. The guidance encourages community involvement and allows for flexibility so that districts and schools in every corner of the state can assess their unique situations and develop plans that best meet the needs of their students. The guidance document and an FAQ document are available on NYSED's
Reopening Schools web page
The coordinated response to COVID-19 includes addressing the immense fiscal and emotional costs of the pandemic. This week, NYSED released information on the application process for local educational agencies (LEAs) to apply for $1.2 billion in
Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding
. The CARES Act provides $30.75 billion nationwide in an Education Stabilization Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. We will work with New York's LEAs to process applications for CARES Act funding as quickly as possible to expedite these funds that are crucial to ensure that students are supported academically and emotionally in the wake of this pandemic.
I am also pleased to share good news this week that NYSED named the third class of
My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Fellows
who have been identified as leaders in their MBK Communities and who will be provided with mentor relationship opportunities in government, education, and business. The 71 Fellows, all high school juniors, represent 24 New York State school districts.
I am proud to welcome the 2020 MBK Fellows who join a remarkable group of young men that are learning to inspire change in their communities. I thank Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his colleagues for their continued support of New York's MBK Program and their commitment to advancing measures that create opportunities for success for all New Yorkers.
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