Independent schools receive additional COVID-19 funding for increased enrolments

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On Tuesday the Government of Saskatchewan is announcing an additional $2.5 million in funding for independent schools that have experienced an increase in enrolment due to the pandemic.

The funding is from the $150 million that has been made available in the COVID-19 contingency fund for education from provincial and federal funding, as well as school division savings from the suspension of in-class learning in the spring.

Independent schools have previously received $2.4 million from Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the contingency funding disbursements for costs including sanitation, furniture and equipment, information technology and remote learning.

“Our independent schools and staff have done an excellent job in providing safe learning environments for students both in the classroom and remotely," Education Minister Dustin Duncan said in a media release.

The additional funds will be distributed based on the size of the enrolment increases.

The next intake for school division and independent schools funding applications for the remaining $23.7 million in the contingency fund will be on March 1, 2021.

Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald