COVID-19 funding for schools approved in second intake

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The province has announced $37.5 million more in approved funding for one-time expenses in schools related to COVID-19.

Thursday’s announcement is in addition to the $51 million in funding that was announced in September when the school year began. 

The funding is from the more than $150 million in the COVID contingency fund for education from provincial, federal and school division savings. 

“Our more than $37 million funding commitment, which is in addition to the $51 million we approved in the fall, will provide divisions with the resources necessary to keep our schools safe,” Education Minister Dustin Duncan said in a release. 

“This funding will provide for additional cleaning supplies, supports for online learning and the more than 400 staff that have been hired through the first phase of funding.”

As a part of this second round of funding, 51 applications have been approved to provide new funding to school divisions, qualified independent schools and historical high schools.

The exact numbers for funding in Prince Albert school divisions will be known in the next few days.

The following funding was announced Thursday:

$5.2 million for sanitization (includes 107 additional staff),  $7.2 million for equipment and furniture