A week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some of the clearest guidelines to date for safely reopening schools, Gov. Phil Murphy said he will set aside about $1 billion in COVID-19 relief money to help school districts across the state. The bulk of it will go toward a plan to support students who have struggled with learning and mental health issues during the pandemic.
Districts will be able to apply for grants for extra one-on-one tutoring, summer programs, and better intervention for mental health.
The state will also apply for standardized test waivers for the current school year, as districts try to make do with teaching during a pandemic. President Joe Biden’s administration has not indicated whether it will accept New Jersey’s application and waive the federal testing requirements.