February 01, 2022

Neguse: The American Rescue Plan Has Invested $1.1 Billion in Colorado Students and Schools Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that the American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress in March 2021, has invested $1.1 billion in Colorado students and schools since the law was enacted. Nationwide, the American Rescue Plan dedicated $10 billion to help schools conduct COVID-19 testing for students and staff and $130 billion to help them reopen and stay open safely and make up for lost learning time. Since the law’s enactment, schools have used these funds to purchase PPE for students and staff, hire additional educators to reduce class sizes, adjust transportation options to avoid crowded buses and upgrade ventilation systems. 

See funding breakdown by school district here. 

“Our schools and teachers have been put under unprecedented pressure amidst the pandemic, facing ever-changing public health guidance, staff shortages and new learning environments. When Democrats passed the historic American Rescue Plan in March, the health and safety of our students and schools was top of mind,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Keeping schools open and ensuring the safety and success of every student is critical. With the help of the American Rescue Plan, schools throughout our district have now been able to purchase essential protective equipment, and adapt to the changing needs of their students. Every day teachers are accomplishing the impossible, as they work to ensure every student can thrive and grow amidst consistent challenges, and we must continue to ensure they are given every resource possible to achieve this.”

The Biden-Harris Administration announced last week new efforts to increase COVID-19 testing in schools. The Administration will: 

  • Provide schools with 5 million free, rapid COVID-19 test kits per month; 
  • Provide schools with an additional 5 million free, diagnostic COVID-19 tests per month (also known as PCR tests); 
  • Stand up federal "surge" testing sites to ensure that the hardest hit communities have equitable access to free and convenient COVID-19 testing; 
  • Connect school districts with COVID-19 test providers to set up additional testing sites in schools; and
  • Release additional materials for schools on how to implement test to stay programs.