Kulik: $102K awarded to help local special needs students during COVID-19 crisis

Funding will help local schools provide services to students with disabilities

CORAOPOLIS Aug. 20 – As parents of students with special needs look to their schools for help with the unprecedented school year that lays ahead, state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that $102,053 in COVID-19 relief funding has been awarded to local schools to assist students with special needs.

“Our special needs students are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19-prompted changes our school leaders had to put into effect this year,” Kulik said. “This money will help to make sure they continue to have access to the services and support that is critical for them to have a successful year. I am confident that our educators, with the help of this money, can give their students and their families the instruction they need during the challenges ahead.” 

Grants awarded to school districts with schools in the 45th Legislative District are: 

  • Carlynton School District: $16,576. 
  • Chartiers Valley School District: $23,850. 
  • Cornell School District: $10,852. 
  • Montour School District: $19,217. 
  • Sto-Rox School District: $21,122. 
  • Avonworth School District: $$5,434. 
  • Propel Charter Schools - Montour: $5,000.

The Special Education COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Grant will provide $15 million statewide in financial support to local education agencies to: 

  • Provide enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs. 
  • Provide services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures. 

Funding from the program comes from federal coronavirus relief money, which states can allocate to meet local needs.