Sunday, June 7, 2020
At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley’s, R-Mo., proposal to stop universities with endowments larger than $10 billion from getting federal stimulus funds during the coronavirus pandemic “unless they first spend some of their own money on coronavirus-related financial assistance for students with the greatest need.”
During this period, essential personnel are expected to continue to report to campus, unless otherwise authorized by their supervisor and vice president. Employees who are unsure about their status as essential personnel must seek guidance from their supervisor.
Over the next two years, the funds will “help develop response and adaptation strategies to combat red tide" and “will study the economic impacts of the 2017-2019 Florida red tide outbreak on tourism, commercial fishing, and public health, among others” looking at 80 different economic sectors.
The reaction by the Flagler Schools family (and I include our administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, and school board members in this group), has been remarkable in the face of this novel coronavirus. We were able to switch from a brick-and-mortar model to a virtual learning model almost overnight.
On Monday, Lawson wrote eight student housing companies doing business in Tallahassee on the matter.
“Our first responders and health care professionals are on the front lines fighting COVID-19,” said Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Monday. “These individuals are critical to providing medical care to those affected by the virus, and finding child care for their own children while performing these life-saving jobs allows them to continue serving the public. The Department of Education is committed to doing everything it can to help first responders and health care professionals find quality child care services while school campuses are closed.”
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., said that more than $41 million in federal stimulus funds will go to two schools in her district.
“Florida’s school districts have worked diligently with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to operationalize their distance learning plans by March 30, and FDOE provided that same support to public charter schools and many private schools, ensuring continuation of the best possible educational services throughout Florida,” the FDOE noted.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., announced the federal government is sending $25 million to five higher education institutions in his district which stretches along the Atlantic Coast from St. Johns County down to Volusia County.
It will not be easy – it will take strategic foresight, determination and diligence, and most importantly a commitment from everyone, but I know that after we heal the sick, we can also heal our broken economy and get back to work.”