Rural School Districts To Spend Some Coronavirus Relief Aid On Telemental Health Services

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is distributing $2 million in CARES Act funding to increase K-12 students’ access to virtual counseling and online psychiatry.

DEO Chancellor Eric Hall says leaders want to make sure there’s no gap in mental health services with more students enrolled in distance learning during the pandemic.

“It helps to give them access to that same level of support and engagement with these professionals using these online platforms, so that there’s no breakdown in service.”

Hall says the department chose counties where 25% or more of the population lacks access to high-speed internet. He says school districts receiving the grants also have a need for more school-based mental health providers.

“We’re helping connect them to the professionals and the interventions that they need regardless of whether they’re in a brick-and-mortar setting or whether they’re choosing to learn in a distance learning model.”

Florida lawmakers allocated

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Virus Forces Sunak to Spend More on Saving U.K. Jobs, Firms

(Bloomberg) — Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will set out a new crisis plan to protect jobs and rescue businesses as the coronavirus outbreak forces the U.K. to return to emergency measures.

With Covid-19 spreading rapidly again, Sunak is having to provide more state support to avoid a surge in unemployment — just at the moment he had planned to scale back an already huge package of aid.



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Rishi Sunak departs Downing Street in London on Sept. 24

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The chancellor has scrapped a planned autumn budget and will set out in Parliament on Thursday what he calls his “winter economy plan” to safeguard jobs in the months ahead.

“We are going to continue supporting the economy as much as we can,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC radio on Thursday. “We’re not able to support every job and every business, but what we’re

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Education Minister to announce how Alberta will spend federal safe school funding



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Education Minister Adriana LaGrange

The Alberta government is set to announce how it will spend safe school funding from the federal government.

The province will receive $262.84 million from Ottawa as part of a new Safe Return to Class Fund announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau said that although education is a provincial responsibility, parents have said they are “extremely worried” and provinces needed more support to ensure kids and teachers are safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provinces and territories will have flexibility to spend the money as they see fit, and it will be handed out in two instalments in the fall and in early 2021.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw are scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) has been raising concerns for weeks over class sizes amid the COVID-19

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Ontario school boards urged to spend air quality funding by Thanksgiving



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TORONTO — School boards need to pick up the pace of air quality improvements as schools reopen this fall, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday, urging them not to move “on government time” as they rush to spend millions in funding allocated earlier this week.

Ford’s remarks came just days after the province told school boards they should spend $50 million by Thanksgiving to upgrade air quality in schools in an effort to bolster COVID-19 safety measures.

School boards, opposition politicians and school repair advocates said the government timeline will be difficult to meet.

But Ford said Friday that the money is there, boards need to move now as students return to the classroom in weeks.

“Everything is immediate nowadays with this pandemic,” Ford said. “We can’t wait, we can’t go on government time and dawdle along. We’ve got to go on lightning speed

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