Nassau County Legislature passes COVID funds for schools and VEEB through legislative committees


Two laws have been passed that will provide needed monetary assistance to public, private, and charter schools, as well as the Nassau County Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB) in an effort to…

During today’s meeting of the Legislative Committees of the Nassau County Legislative Assembly, two pieces of legislation were passed which will provide needed monetary assistance to public, private and charter schools, as well as to the Nassau County Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB) in an effort to help deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The first piece of legislation authorizes the county executive to make grants through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capability (ELC) program to public and non-public schools. Funding will go towards COVID-19 mitigation, screening and screening programs to maintain in-person learning and keep children in the classroom.

These funds will be administered through Intermunicipal Agreements (IMAs) or subrecipient grant agreements with schools and districts. Public school districts will initially be eligible for up to $150,000. Non-public schools will initially be eligible for up to $15,000 and any non-public school with fewer than 10 students will be eligible for up to $10,000. Subsequent eligible amounts will be based on the student population receiving free or reduced lunch, as well as the overall size of the student population. The funds will then be allocated by the county health department as well as the county office of emergency management.

Funds can be used for:

  • Hiring additional staff

  • Equipment used for COVID-19 testing and testing supplies

  • Individual protection equipment

  • cleaning supplies

  • Hardware and software for reporting public health information and tracking COVID-19 cases, as well as tools that help identify, report, monitor, analyze and evaluate control measures that reduce the spread of COVID -19

  • Portable HEPA ventilation/filtration systems that allow better air circulation

  • Public health events to increase detection and prevention of COVID-19

Funds can be requested by schools or districts through the Boost Nassau portal on the Nassau County Government website once it has gone through the entire legislature.

The second piece of legislation will authorize the county executive to enter into a grant agreement with the Nassau County Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB) to grant them the ability to use money from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan. These funds will be used to address the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate the financial hardship created by increased operating costs and the impacts of COVID on the supply chain. The funds will also be used for COVID-19 prevention tactics.

VEEB is an eligible 501(c){3} nonprofit organization that operates a special school district licensed by the New York State Department of Education to provide instruction in job skills and related subjects. Its operating divisions include a School of Practical Nursing, the Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy, a Public Fire Safety Education Division, and the Nassau County Fire Services Academy.

Both bills are expected to go through the full legislature on June 27e.


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