School District to share in federal impact aid
by The Press and Standard | August 23, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm
Colleton County School District has been selected as one of five school districts to receive federal funds under the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program.
The U.S. Department of Education announced that school districts in 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands are to receive a total of $359.8 million to assist with the cost of educating students displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires.
The five districts South Carolina school districts (Colleton, Beaufort, Anderson 5, York 3 (Rock Hill), and Clarendon 1 will share in the $304,000 allocated to South Carolina.
The school districts reported to the South Carolina Department of Education that students were displaced under the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid guidelines.
Colleton County School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster said that during the 2017-2018 school year, local families were impacted by Hurricane Irma.
After the hurricane made landfall in South Carolina on Sept. 11, 2017, Colleton County School District remained closed for nine days in the aftermath because the district schools served as evacuation sites for those fleeing the storm’s path.
Subsequently, Colleton County School District served four students from Highlands and Polk counties in Florida who remained with the school district after the storm left their families homeless and displaced as result of the storm.
While the students were enrolled most of the academic year, Power School records show that three students left in February 2018 and one student left Sept. 29, 2017. One student, who had a disability, was served through Colleton School District’s Special Services.
Colleton County School District submitted a proposal for $35,500 as part of eligibility for the Emergency Aid for Displaced Students.
“The impact of natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires goes beyond the disaster area. The effects are felt nationwide, especially in those communities that take in displaced students and families,” said U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “This additional funding will ensure schools serving displaced students are able to meet their unique needs under such difficult circumstances.”