Over the past couple weeks, we have continued the fight against COVID-19, while proceeding with caution as we safely reopen our state based on science and data. While the battle against this pandemic is still far from over, I am confident we will get through this unprecedented crisis, if we continue to work together.
As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, I am committed to ensuring that all students get the best education they can, despite the challenges we’ll continue to fight due to the pandemic. Just yesterday, I joined the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee for a hearing titled “A Major Test: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Higher Education."
Now, I want to take a minute to provide you all with an update on what I have been doing both in South Jersey and back in Washington to fight for the students and educators back at our local K-12 school districts, colleges and universities.
Safety First / Back to School
First and foremost, our priority across the board is keeping students, staff and faculty safe and healthy. From classrooms and cafeterias, to athletics and dorm rooms, schools are quickly adapting to the new normal. While there is still much to figure out you may be interested in reviewing the Governor’s Reopening Guidelines that NJ school districts, college and universities have received.
Last week, I joined Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli, Camden County College President Don Borden and NJ Teacher of the Year Kimberly Dickstein Hughes for a virtual town hall to discuss schools reopening and what that may look like in the midst of the pandemic. To watch our full discussion, click here and to ensure you don’t miss my next virtual town hall, make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to my newsletter.
Working for You in Washington
In late March, Congress passed the CARES Act, a $3 trillion relief package that provided $14 billion to colleges and universities with half of the funding allocations going directly towards student aid.
Specfically, South Jersey institutions and students received:
- Camden County College: $5,784,112
- Rowan College At Burlington County: $3,750,316
- Rowan College Of South Jersey: $6,557,641
- Rowan University: $14,471,695
- Rutgers University: $54,160,640
- Stockton University: $10,041,238
The CARES Act also provided more than $250,000 for COVID-19 research to Rowan University and Rutgers University–Camden and an additional $188,000 to Rutgers University–Camden for COVID-19 genome research.
- The New Jersey Government has a COVID-19 website with live updates and resources here.
- All residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. NJ 211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey.
- Residents call also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
- The Center for Disease Control has a resource page here.
- My office has a resource page here.
- Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and visit my website for updates.
- To receive updates from my office, sign up here.
It is an honor to serve this community and we will get through this, together.
Member of Congress