Young adults stand looking at a memorial at Robb Elementary School following a mass shooting on May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. According to reports, 19 students and 2 adults were killed, with the gunman fatally shot by law enforcement. Credit: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
The U.S. Department of Education sent some $1.5 million dollars to the school district in Uvalde, Texas following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 19 students and two educators were killed in May.
“No community should have to experience a tragedy like this alone. While in Texas, I saw the Uvalde community come together in deep and meaningful ways to support one another and all the families who lost loved ones; and it is our turn to support them,” U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a written statement Monday.
“In the hours and days since that tragic day, we have committed to providing the Uvalde community with every available resource they may require from the Department. Today’s release of these emergency funds is an initial step that will be followed by technical assistance and on-the-ground supports in the months and years to come.”
The funds come from a grant called Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence), which provides short-term federal funds to to local education agencies and institutions of higher education to help students and staff recover from a violent or traumatic event, according to the USDE’s website.
The Project SERV funds will be distributed to the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, which includes Robb Elementary School.
The $1.5 million can be used to for “activities that help restore a sense of safety and security” and address the needs of individuals of directly affected by the shooting, according to a press release. “Such activities include mental health services for staff and students, and overtime pay for teachers, counselors, and security staff, and may take place over the summer in the form of additional summer programming.”
In 2018, the Broward County school district in South Florida received $1 million dollars from this type of funding, according to the USDE’s list of grant awards. This funding is presumably in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, though it is not made explicit on the website.
At the Parkland shooting, 17 students and staff members were killed Feb. 14, 2018.
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