The 2021–2022 COVID-19 School Health Support Grant end date has been extended. The new grant end date is March 31, 2023. Current grantees have been sent an amended notice of grant award (NOGA) reflecting this no-cost extension.
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received an $800 million grant from the federal government to support school-based COVID-19 screening testing activities intended to support open, in-person K-12 instruction. DSHS has partnered with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide these resources to Texas K-12 school systems to support items or activities aimed at implementing prevention and mitigation strategies necessary to curtail the spread of the virus.
The primary purpose of this grant is to support safe, in-person instruction in schools, from kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12), by establishing a screening testing program and by offering a grant opportunity to school systems for allowable support activities. The program provides services to students, teachers, and other school staff, including COVID-19 testing, primarily for screening and testing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Approximately $221 million of the DSHS federal funding was allocated for eligible public and private school systems available for them to apply for and use for several allowable activities and services of funds, limited to:
The grant funds must: 1) be used to meet the intent of this program as stated above; 2) be used for costs that are reasonable and necessary, and 3) meet an allowable activity. Grantees should not anticipate that ongoing replacement funds will be provided at either the federal or state level.
The following revised timeline provides public and private K-12 school systems with the tentative dates for this recently extended grant program:
August 1, 2022
Announcement and release of COVID-19 School Operations and Support Grant Program and application for grantees that have received a NOGA but have not yet been approved for and received a grant payment
Application program guidelines, planning amount allocations, and the application will be available on the TEA Grant Opportunities webpage.
September 30, 2022
Grant Application Due Date for grantees that have received a NOGA but have not yet been approved for and received a grant payment
March 31, 2023
Grant End Date of All Grantees
May 31, 2023
Final Expenditure Reporting Deadline
June 30, 2023
Revised Final Expenditure Reporting Deadline
July 31, 2023
TEA Grant Closeout
Refer to the following web pages for additional information and resources:
Please email COVIDCaseReport@tea.texas.gov with any questions or for additional grant program guidance.
This K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $800 million with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS.
The contents of this communication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control Center for Disease Control website.
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