To address health and safety concerns and requirements, school districts and independent schools can use funds, based on local needs, including:
- improving air systems in schools, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, portable air scrubbers, and increased utility costs;
- increasing hand hygiene, including additional handwashing and hand sanitizing stations, installing touchless faucets, or additional supplies;
- installing plexiglass and other barriers, providing outdoor learning spaces, and adapting classrooms and school buses to minimize physical contact;
- purchasing additional cleaning supplies (sprayers, fogger machines, etc.) for frequent cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces;
- purchasing additional masks, face shields, or other PPE;
- increasing staff and covering salary costs for additional hours for meeting health and safety guidelines in schools.