The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020 in an effort to provide emergency assistance and healthcare response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Educational institutions were included in funding as part of the bill to support teaching and learning. While there is guidance on how the funding is to be spent, it is left up to the local institution to prioritize needs to be funded. Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve preparedness and response efforts of institutions, planning for and coordinating long-term closures, purchasing educational technology that aids in interaction between students and teachers, and providing mental health services are all considered essential and must be addressed.
This page was designed as a planning tool to help educational decision makers ensure that their institution is appropriately equipped to enable each and every student to achieve and succeed.