The state is trying to prevent staff layoffs at school districts and charters due to enrollment drops during the pandemic.
Gov. John Carney and state education secretary Susan Bunting announced Thursday a one-time funding infusion for districts and charters that promise not to lay off teachers or staff.
It will total $9 million. The amount that goes to each district or charter will be based on enrollment levels and capped at $1.1 million.
The money must go toward student instruction and be focused on the students who’ve been most negatively impacted by the loss of in-person school.
Bunting said in a statement the funding gives students stability during this unprecedented school year, by ensuring the current staff continues on.
Statewide teacher union president Stephanie Ingram said in a statement the funding means educators won’t have to worry about layoffs, and can instead focus on safety, health and student learning.
“Enrollment this year has been particularly transient due to the harsh realities our families have faced due to COVID-19,” said Dan Shelton, superintendent of Christina School District and president of the Chief School Officers’ Association, in a statement. “We are pleased that the Governor and Secretary Bunting have supported our educators with the funding needed to maintain our services and supports at their current levels. Our educators are working tirelessly to engage students in new ways, under changing conditions. This recognition goes a long way in helping to meet the needs of our students, staff and families as we navigate this pandemic together.”