Charleston and Dorchester School Districts Hold Meetings on Providing Federal COVID-19 Funding | New

Families and community members can share their thoughts on how federal COVID-19 funding should be spent by Charleston County and Dorchester District 2 school districts in a series of town halls.

At 6 p.m. on July 19, representatives from District 2 will hold a public consultation meeting at a school board workshop.

Charleston County is having two town halls at 6:00 p.m. on July 20 at Ellington Elementary School and at 6:00 p.m. on July 21 at the Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies in North Charleston.

Families and community members will be able to share their thoughts on how the two districts should spend the money, which stands at $ 163.1 million for Charleston County and $ 40.5 million for Dorchester .

The US bailout requires districts to collect public comment on funding, 20 percent of which is to be used to tackle learning loss.

Earlier this summer, districts sent surveys to parents and community members asking how they would prioritize spending. In Charleston, these surveys have shown that the community would like the district to focus on mental health services and supports; activities to meet the needs of low-income students; fight against learning loss among students; summer apprenticeship and after-school supplement; educational technology for students; and indoor air quality in schools.

Dorchester District 2 will release their survey results at the July 19 meeting. District staff will also present draft proposals on how the money will be used to address learning loss and draft plans for the school to reopen in the fall.

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Federal funding is the third of three aid packages that districts have received in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to combating learning loss, the money can be used for COVID-19-related expenses, such as upgrading air filters in schools.

In total, the three packages bring in nearly $ 250 million to Charleston County and over $ 62 million to Dorchester District 2.

Both districts will broadcast the meetings live for those who cannot attend in person.

Charleston County is broadcasting its meetings live on its YouTube channel. Anyone who can’t attend the meeting and wants to submit money comments can use the district’s Google Form survey to do so, which can be found online at

Dorchester District 2 is posted on its website,

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