Hurricane Irma passes Cuba and approaches southern Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in a NASA satellite captured a night-time image of the storm in the Florida Straits and identified where the strongest storms were occurring within Irma's structure. NOAA's GOES-East satellite provided a visible image at the time of Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys. NASA photo

The U. S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a grant application for school districts and colleges impacted by the recent hurricane season to apply for federal funding.

The grant is funded through the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (Restart) program. The will be $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 State Education Agencies, including those of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and U.S. Virgin Islands.

he 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.

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