BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded the Louisiana Department of Education a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant of up to $1.5 million to support education-related services for six months in those school districts hardest hit by the historic August flooding.
"The flooding in Louisiana has devastated school buildings and displaced students, teachers, and other school personnel. This will support the state's recovery efforts as it works to restore the learning environment for students across the state," said U.S. secretary of education John B. King Jr.
King announced the award on Friday, September 16 during the "Opportunity Across America" back-to-school bus tour that stopped in Baton Rouge, where he met with students and staff who were most impacted by the storm.
Project SERV provides funding for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education that have gone through a significant violent or traumatic event. There are two types of Project SERV awards, Immediate Services and Extended Services. The Louisiana Department of Education was awarded an Immediate Services grant, which provides emergency, short-term assistance to affected school districts or colleges/universities.
Extended Services awards grant assistance to schools and colleges/universities to carry out long-term recovery efforts. To date, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded approximately $45 million to 140 grantees since the program began in 2001.
The Louisiana Department of Education will identify school districts affected by the flooding and use the funds to provide education-related services where the learning environment has been disrupted. These services may include mental health assessments, referrals and services, leasing of space to substitute for damaged ;buildings, emergency transportation, temporary security measures, and overtime pay for teachers, counselors, law enforcement, security officers, and other staff.
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