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Rockford area schools set to receive nearly $230 million in federal funds

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RPS 205 & Harlem School District

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Two Rockford school districts are set to receive millions of dollars in federal funds to help with COVID-19 relief.

Rockford Public School District 205 is set to receive $208,505,504 and Harlem School District 122 is receiving $21,300,984. That's according to a press release from Senator Steve Stadelman's office.

The funding comes as part of the most recent federal COVID-19 relief packages.

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The majority of the funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, which gives local schools flexibility in how they can use the money over the next 3 ½ years.

At least 20% of the funding must be used to address learning loss, but beyond that, school districts can use the money to address many different issues and costs, according to Sen. Stadelman.

For example, it can be used to better equip schools for safe learning, to prevent layoffs, to address students’ social and emotional needs, to fund summer programs, or to ensure all students have access to reliable Wi-Fi and technology.

“For more than a year now, our teachers have put in countless hours to adapt their classrooms to remote learning,” Sen. Stadelman said. “This funding gives schools, students and their parents the relief they need to get back on track for this upcoming school year.”

The districts also received a total of $12,897,380 in CARES Act funding last year.

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