Bay District Schools is asking parents to fill out the survey on how to use incoming funds

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BDS is asking parents to answer a survey on how best to use incoming money.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Parents have the chance to recommend how Bay District Schools will use its funds of $2.3 billion in funding the state of Florida will receive as part of the federal government’s American Rescue Plan.

Part of the plan requires the input of parents. Some of the survey options include tutoring, extending the school days, or even extending the school year. The money cannot be used for purposes outside of students’ direct learning.

“So this money isn’t, it’s not funding for raises, for example, those kinds of things,” Bay District Schools Director of Communications Sharon Michalik said. “It is funding directed for helping students make up for learning that they lost as a result of pandemic related closures, distanced learning, quarantines, those kinds of things.”

Parents have until Friday afternoon to respond to the survey. Parents can answer the survey through an email sent out by the school system, or through a link on the Bay District Schools Facebook page.

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