Halifax County Public Schools has been allocated $784,403 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help K-12 public schools in Virginia.

Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement Thursday saying the funding will support COVID-19 preparedness and response measures for the 2020–2021 school year, including testing supplies, personal protective equipment, sanitization and technology for distance learning.

“We’re going to need every penny,” Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg said.

The school system is currently welcoming back students in Functional classes (moderate to severe disabilities), Life Skills classes (mild to moderate disabilities) and Early Childhood Classes (ages 2-5) to in-person instruction. The Halifax County School Board plans to review the return-to-school plan and health data when they meet again on Oct. 16 to determine their next step.

In the meantime, Lineburg said their list of needs is long from health and safety equipment such as personal protective equipment, sanitation chemicals and technology such as promethean boards and web cameras to allow teachers to teach in-person and online. He also said they will need supplies for extended services at the end of the year due to anticipated gaps in learning.

“We have a lot of challenges ahead,” the superintendent added.

Funding, which will be distributed to all 132 public school districts, is based off a formula of $175 per pupil based on fall enrollment, with a minimum of $100,000 for each school division.