A new survey of nearly 400 superintendents by The School Superintendents Association (AASA) looked at how school districts are using new federal COVID relief funding.

Superintendents responding to the survey said that, so far, they’re prioritizing more counselors, tutoring and technology. Prior to the start of the new school year, they also spent some of the funding on summer school.

As reported by NPR, here are the top areas of spending identified by superintendents:

  • Additional counselors, social workers and reading specialists (66% of respondents)
  • New computers or internet devices (62% of respondents)
  • Renovating buildings (57% of respondents)
  • Social-emotional learning (52% of respondents)
  • Tutoring (44% of respondents)
  • Paying staff for longer school days or years (42% of respondents)

For more information on how federal and state one-time money can be spent, how to prioritize those funds and pro tips on making the most of the money, watch your mailbox for the fall issue of the CASBO quarterly magazine, California School Business*. The issue also includes a feature on reconnecting the school community by focusing on social-emotional learning, mental health and family outreach.

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