SD schools to receive $75 million in additional coronavirus relief funding

PIERRE, S.D. — Public and private schools in South Dakota will be receiving an additional $75 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, according to a news release from Gov. Kristi Noem’s office.

The funding provides $500 per student, the release states.

“I appreciate the great work our schools are doing to ensure kids are back in the classroom this fall,” Noem said in the release. “We expect this additional funding will help schools continue to tackle challenges related to COVID-19.

“It’s crucial that our students are in the classroom this year, and we are grateful to the Trump administration for giving us the flexibility to help make that happen.”

The additional funding is pursuant to updated guidance from the United States Department of Treasury released Wednesday, Sept. 2.

“The CARES Act provided $1.25 billion in funding to the state of South Dakota, and the new funding will come out of that allotment. South Dakota’s K-12 schools also received $41 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Funds,” the release states. “An additional $5.7 million will be awarded from the Governor’s Emergency Relief Funds at a future date.”

Thursday, Sept. 3, state health officials reported an increase of 334 COVID-19 cases. There are currently more than 3,000 active cases.

To date, South Dakota has documented a total of 14,337 positive cases. The state’s death toll remained at 169 Thursday.

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