More than 50 school districts and BOCES facilities in New York will receive $100 million to address learning loss brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide students with mental health support, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Wednesday.

Fifteen school districts will get the Learning Loss Recover from COVID School Program (RECOVS) grant, which aims to help expand student access to academic recovery professionals, improve capacity for school staff and students to identify learning loss, implement learning loss and academic recovery practices and ensure financial stability for school-based academic recovery opportunities.

Forty school districts will get the Mental Health RECOVS grant that aims to improve capacity for staff and students to identify mental health concerns and increase help-seeking behaviors, Hochul’s office said.

“New York is making historic investments to ensure all our students are on the path towards success,” Hochul said in a statement. “This funding will help our teachers and school staff pinpoint where students have fallen behind and provide students with the crucial resources needed to support their mental health, especially after the pandemic.”



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