KDE federal programs staff are working to provide timely information and resources to families and educators during the COVID-19 crisis. The resources and FAQs on this page will be monitored and updated to reflect the most current information available.
The U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools and School Personnel web page provides resources and guidance for educators.
Guidance for Providing Equitable Services Under the CARES Act Released
The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance for providing equitable services under the CARES Act. Please note, this guidance document applies to both funds received for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund) and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) and includes clarification on the following topics.
- The private schools, students and staff to which equitable services provisions apply (Questions 1-3 and 8);
- District responsibilities for providing services (Questions 4, 5, 7, 9, and 13);
- Consultation requirements (Question 6);
- Calculation of the equitable amount designated for services (Questions 10-11); and
- The types of services that may be provided (Questions 12 and 14)
As KDE develops further guidance and resources pertaining to equitable services, you may send your questions to David Millanti
Frequently Asked Questions from Kentucky
Question: How can school districts receiving Title I funding meet parent and family engagement activities in the event meetings with parents and the community cannot be held?
Answer: Typically, required annual Title I meetings are held close to the beginning of the school year in August or September. The timeline for other Title I parent and family engagement activities, planning meetings, etc. are at the discretion of districts and schools. In light of COVID-19, districts and school should consider using surveys, virtual meetings, or other electronic means to meet engagement requirements and goals.
Question: Can we screen English Learners (EL students) during NTI days given the same criterion above?
Answer: At this time the Governor has asked people to stay at home so no additional testing should be occurring at any school facility at this time.
Question: What should a public school district do if, due to closure, it is unable to provide equitable services to private schools?
Answer: KDE recommends that the district have a conversation with each private school it serves about the situation. During this discussion, the district should explain that services will not be provided during the closure period and discuss the carryover provision allowed in extenuating situations.
Additionally, the district and private school(s) should craft a plan to spend funds through the rest of the school year, during the summer, and potentially in the next school year. Although there is no need to update the equitable services packet, the district should document the meeting and its outcomes. Keep in mind that funds for the current year have to be spent on private school services in addition to funds reserved in the next school year.
To help provide clarity around the provision of equitable
services for programs under the CARES Act, COVID-19 Equitable Services Under
the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act provides an
annotated version of some select questions from the U.S. Department of
Education’s non-regulatory guidance titled Providing
Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under the
CARES Act Programs. Please contact David Millanti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with additional questions.