US HB6275 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 27-1)
Status: Introduced on March 13 2020 - 25% progression
Action: 2020-03-13 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Pending: House Education and Labor Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act This bill establishes and provides funds for grant programs to respond to safety and health risks presented by qualifying emergencies, including COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019). Specifically, the bill authorizes (1) the Department of Education (ED) to award grants to states and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and (2) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to agencies that administer Child Care Development block grants and Head Start agencies. ED grant recipients must award subgrants to BIE schools, local educational agencies, and institutions of higher education (IHEs). HHS grant recipients must award subgrants to early care and education programs. Subgrants under each grant program must be used for certain activities, such as coordinating preparedness and response efforts with public health departments; purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean facilities to minimize the spread of infectious diseases; and providing mental health services and supports to children, students, and staff. Additionally, ED must award grants to IHEs for creating and expanding emergency financial-aid grant programs that address the unexpected expenses related to basic needs (e.g., housing, food, and certain one-time costs) of enrolled students during a qualifying emergency. IHEs must use grant funds to make emergency financial-aid grants to eligible students. HHS must also award supplemental grants for certain organizations to address emergency-related child traumatic stress. ED may waive certain financial-aid requirements for students affected by qualifying emergencies. Such requirements include those related to subsidized usage limits, Pell Grant duration limits, leaves of absence, and satisfactory progress. The bill also authorizes ED to permit foreign IHEs to offer distance education during an emergency. No such program may be deemed ineligible.

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Title

Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act

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History

DateChamberAction
2020-03-13HouseReferred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
2020-03-13HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB3489 (Related) 2020-03-12 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Subjects

Cardiovascular and respiratory health
Child care and development
Child health
Disaster relief and insurance
Education
Education of the disadvantaged
Education programs funding
Educational technology and distance education
Elementary and secondary education
Emergency medical services and trauma care
Employee benefits and pensions
Employee hiring
Employment discrimination and employee rights
Government information and archives
Government lending and loan guarantees
Health programs administration and funding
Health promotion and preventive care
Higher education
Indian social and development programs
Infectious and parasitic diseases
Mental health
Minority education
Preschool education
School administration
Special education
Student aid and college costs
Teaching, teachers, curricula
Temporary and part-time employment
Wages and earnings

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