On Thursday, Congressman Peter DeFazio announced that school districts in Oregon's Fourth Congressional District are estimated to receive hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of the American Rescue Plan.
DeFazio said, "Our students are falling behind because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic – it's imperative that we do everything in our power to ensure our kids, teachers, and support staff are returning to safe schools". DeFazio said he is proud to have secured the funding needed to procure PPE, install modernized ventilation systems, and acquire the necessary resources to make the return to school "…healthy and safe for everybody". A release said the funds will help give K-12 schools needed resources to reopen safely, provide safe in-person instruction to more students, address learning loss and the significant impacts the pandemic has had on students educational and emotional well-being.
The amounts going to school districts in Douglas County vary, from just over $12 million for the Roseburg School District, down to $311,000 for the Elkton School District.