Secretary DeVos Releases Restart Funding Application for Disaster Impacted Students, Schools

Secretary DeVos Releases Restart Funding Application for Disaster Impacted Students, Schools

March 19, 2018

Today, Secretary DeVos released the application for state educational agencies (SEAs) to apply for initial funding under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (Restart) program. The release follows DeVos’ recent announcement of $2.7 billion in federal assistance to help K-12 school districts and schools as well as institutions of higher education in their recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and the 2017 California Wildfires. Restart is one of the programs authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Under Restart, the Department is authorized to award funds to eligible SEAs, including those of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and U.S. Virgin Islands.  These SEAs, in turn, will provide assistance or services to local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools, and private schools to help defray expenses related to the restart of operations in, the reopening of, and the re-enrollment of students in elementary and secondary schools that serve an area affected by a covered disaster or emergency.

The Department will determine the amount to allocate to the respective programs based on information provided by SEAs in applications for the Restart and Emergency Impact Aid programs.

The following are further updates on the Department's relief actions:

  • The Department reallocated $22.9 million in campus-based aid to students.
  • The Department launched five federal assistance programs including Restart.
  • The Department has provided all guidance and relief information in Spanish online.
  • The Department continues to maintain active and ongoing communication with state and local elementary and secondary school system officials, charter school associations and private schools in the impacted states and territories.
  • The Department established communication with and continues to support—as requested—all 1,700 institutions of higher education impacted by natural disasters.
  • The Department released non-regulatory guidance to help Department grantees and program participants remove barriers to restoring learning environments.
  • The Department provided borrowers flexibility in making federal student loan payments.
  • The Department granted more than 200 individual requests for regulatory relief from institutions of higher education.

Please find the Restart program application here and submit your application package to K12.Restart@ed.gov by March 30, 2018.