Horry County Schools Prepare to Receive Federal Funding to Support Vulnerable Student Populations
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Schools in Horry County will soon receive additional funds from the US bailout.
However, these dollars will go directly to the most vulnerable student populations in the district.
The South Carolina Department of Education has just announced that it will receive an additional $ 56 million under the American Rescue Plan Act. The department also said that districts should use this round of funds to meet the needs of students with disabilities and homeless people.
Of that money, schools in Horry County are expected to receive approximately $ 2.1 million to support students with disabilities. More than $ 400,000 will also be used to help the district identify homeless students during the pandemic.
“Homelessness has always been a problem for many of our students in Horry County,” said HCS spokesperson Lisa Bourcier. “And we’ve actually seen that potentially increase because of the housing industry and the pandemic, people losing their jobs.”
Blakely Roof, president of the Horry County United Way, says it is sometimes difficult for schools to identify homeless students because of the stigma surrounding it.
“We hear stories where teachers or other students find out that a child in the school is homeless and they didn’t even know it because they are trying not to be detected because they are embarrassed. or that they are ashamed, ”said Toit. “Any additional resource is always good for children and the homeless community. “
Bourcier says the next step is for the district to review the requirements for this money and make sure it goes to the right place and is being used wisely.
“The need is definitely there and this funding will not only help us identify students,” she said. “It will be very useful because a lot of people don’t want to let us know about their family business. We have resources and programs specifically for these students and we have a lot of resources to help them and their families. “
HCS district identified 139 students facing homelessness on Wednesday.
In a press release, the South Carolina Department of Education says more than $ 43 million of total funds can be used for all expenses allowed under the Disability Education Act.
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