The Pierce County Council is allocating $5.5 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act monies to schools through the newly created Pierce County COVID-19 School Assistance Program, the council has announced.

To help schools navigate the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the monies will be made available to all K-12 Pierce County public school districts, tribal schools, Washington State Board of Education-approved private schools, and Washington State Charter Commission-approved charter schools with campuses in Pierce County.

According to the council, allocations will vary depending on student enrollment, but the maximum amount available is $750,000 per eligible school provider. For those with smaller student enrollment numbers, the following minimums were set:

  • $5,000 for eligible recipients with less than 75 students;
  • $10,000 for eligible recipients with 74 to 149 students; and
  • $25,000 for eligible recipients with 150 to 360 students.

Once the ordinance is signed, eligible school providers will be notified and provided additional details on how to receive funding.