Multiple issues related to COVID-19 dominated the January meeting of the Carmi-White County District 5 school board meeting.

In his report to board members, Superintendent Brad Lee said that since March of 2020, the COVID pandemic has very much disrupted the educational process in District 5. Officials are hoping the latest disbursement of U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 relief funding will ease the burden. Through the latest distribution of funds, the Carmi-White County district received $1,255,536. Superintendent Brad Lee stated that the district has not been given much guidance on how to use the money except that the Illinois State Board of Education recommends channeling the funds to mitigate learning loss, closing the digital divide and addressing the mental health of students. 

“Teachers, students and parents have worked together to provide choices for our students’ educational opportunities,” Lee said. “Navigating the COVID mitigations and guidelines are our toughest challenges. We are working to provide additional intervention strategies for students as we enter the second semester. Additional funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund will help address these needs.” 

Supt. Lee noted that at the...

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