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New resources available for Emergency Connectivity Fund applicants

The Federal Communications Commission has provided new resources for applicants seeking school technology funding help from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program.

The ECF program is a $7.17 billion federal program enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act in March of this year to help schools and libraries provide the technology tools and services their students and communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.  The application period runs through August 13, 2021 (more…)

CDC updates guidance again, now recommends universal masking in schools

alt = " "The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today (7/27) changed course on the question of indoor masking for the fully vaccinated. 

It now says all students, staff and teachers should wear masks in K-12 schools regardless of their vaccination status.

The new CDC guidance aligns with updated guidance issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on July 19. (more…)

Gov. Evers calls legislative Special Session intended to boost state education spending

Gov. Evers calls legislative Special Session intended to boost state education spending

In a video and through a press release, Gov. Tony Evers today announced that he will call the Legislature into special session tomorrow morning (Tuesday 7/27) to take up a proposal that Evers called “what’s best for our kids and our schools.”

In his Executive Order calling the Legislature into a special session, the governor urges lawmakers to take up a draft bill that would invest a combined $550 million in Wisconsin’s K-12 schools and students, and higher education. 

The proposal would provide:

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DPI to host webinar on ESSER II & III hours of instruction data collection

Dan Bush and Roger Kordus from the DPI School Financial Services Team will present a webinar about ESSER II & III hours of instruction data collection on Monday, July 26 from 10-11 AM. The webinar will include about 35 minutes of information covering a summary of the data collection and examples of how to compile data, with an opportunity for about 25 minutes of Q&A.

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CDC updates COVID-19 guidance for schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools today (7/9).

The updated guidance focuses on helping administrators in K-12 schools, along with state and local health officials, safely support in-person learning as well as sports and other extracurricular activities. The updates are based on the latest science and emphasize the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for K-12 schools to support in-person learning. 

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