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State assisting nine WNY school districts with pandemic learning loss, mental health

Buffalo News - 1/31/2024

Jan. 31—Nine school districts in Western New York will receive state grants to help recover from pandemic learning loss and expand mental health services for students, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced.

Two of them, the Buffalo City School District and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaragus BOCES, will get awards from both programs.

Buffalo will receive $2,883,515 from the pandemic learning loss program and $5 million from the mental health program. Erie 2 BOCES has been awarded $667,742 to combat learning loss and $364,202 for mental health services.

Also receiving $308,298 in learning loss assistance is the Cuba-Rushford Central School District in Allegany County.

Mental health funding will go to six other local school districts: Clarence, $921,702; Dunkirk, $290,572; Gowanda, $182,733; Iroquois, $200,000; City of Tonawanda, $1,250,106; and Williamsville, $55,983.

The grants are part of $100 million in assistance awarded to 50 school districts across the state to help students who have fallen behind due to the pandemic and to support student mental health concerns.

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