pictured: Central District School Board Member Paulette Woods (right) urges parents, students, community leaders, churches and concerned citizens to participate in upcoming Stakeholders Meetings to discuss the district’s plans for the $201 million in stimulus funding for our children.
Central District School Board member Paulette Woods wants parents and community members to know that a series of meetings are coming up to give them the opportunity to participate in how the city school district can best use $201 million in funding for our children.
These virtual meetings kick off from 4 -6 p.m. today (April 29) followed by additional meetings on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and again on Tuesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. at www.facebookcom/BPSParentCenters
The Buffalo schools received the funding through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. These funds are designed to help the school plan and restore our children’s education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Recommendations and feedback from parents ,students community leaders and agencies, churches and concerned citizens is vital.
Board member Woods released the following statement to the community:
“The American Rescue Plan Act mandates community participation in reshaping education. It’s the law!
“President Biden has mandated community input and community participation in the planning of the restoration of education for our children after this COVID-19 pandemic, which closed our schools and hurt our children’s education! Twenty percent (20%) of these funds must be used to remediate learning loss for our children who fell behind while schools closed and attempted to move to online learning! Funds must be used for extend learning, summer programs, and community sites to help students master online learning!
They must be used for mental health and trauma care to offset the isolation and depression our children have suffered due to covid-19. Funds must be used to help your children!
“You know what your children need!,” she continued.. “ You know the problems your child faces in getting a good education! Make your voice heard! What you say will help your child! We must have your voice!