Federal Pandemic Funds INFO Center
Onward Upward Virginia
Virginia students, teachers and schools are walking a new path together as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a path that recognizes the disruption of the last few years while striving for successful and equitable outcomes for each and every child. One that will address unfinished learning, support mental health and wellbeing, and projects to maximize the potential of our future-ready learners.
Together, Virginia students, teachers and schools are moving Onward & Upward from this pandemic, and we can’t wait to share our journey with you.
Federal Pandemic Funding
Virginia students have returned to classrooms and many new resources await them, their teachers and their schools. Since March 2020, the Commonwealth has received significant federal pandemic relief funds to assist students, teachers and schools. With these resources, Virginia students are poised to emerge from the pandemic better than ever.
The VDOE is also responsible for making more than $100 million in grants available to address unfinished learning, with a particular heavy emphasis on literacy and math.
Funding for Schools
The vast majority of Virginia’s federal pandemic relief funds for education are available to public school divisions and private schools to use at their discretion for use expenses related to the pandemic - from health and safety measures to virtual learning to academic and mental health supports for students and staff.
Funding for Students
Supporting academic recovery and mental well-being of students is the primary focus of competitive grants the VDOE is making available with pandemic relief funds. Addressing unfinished learning related to foundational math and literacy skills is both our greatest challenge and priority as students emerge from the pandemic.
Funding for Teachers
Virginia’s teachers have served heroically throughout the pandemic, but professional learning supports related to recovery efforts in math and literacy, and strategic efforts to recruit and retain teachers are a key aspect of emerging from this experience stronger than ever.