The Iowa Department of Education today announced that the state has received nearly $345 million in federal relief for Pre-K-12 schools through a fund to address costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount is Iowa’s share of the more than $54 billion in emergency relief provided in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund II within the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which was signed into law Dec. 27. This second round of funding is more than four times the amount the state received last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Of the $345 million, 90% will be available to school districts. The remaining money will be used for state-level educational efforts to address urgent issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The allocation of funds is based on each school district’s eligibility for Title I, Part A funding, a federal program that provides districts with funding based on the percentage of low-income students served by the district. A list of allocations by school district is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.