2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Conference Report)

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Temporary Flexibility: Uses of Textbook Payments (language only)

Item 145 #1c

Item 145 #1c

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 49, after line 13 insert:

"5) Notwithstanding any other provision in statute or in this item, to provide temporary flexibility in the first year, school divisions may elect to use textbook payments to address costs incurred as a result of reopening schools that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or to support virtual learning needs in school divisions that have not fully reopened to in-person instruction.  Such costs may include, but are not limited to cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, reduced class sizes to meet social distancing guidelines, technology needs and internet access.  No local match is required to receive these state funds in the first year only and such local match shall be excluded from the determination of required local effort in the first year pursuant to Item 145.B.8. of this act, and § 22.1-97, Code of Virginia."


(This amendment permits school divisions to use textbook payments in the first year to address costs of providing virtual instruction or reopening schools to in-person instruction, and waives local match requirements for these funds in the first year.)