TRENTON, N.J. – If schools reopen, Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants them to be as safe as possible. He introduced a bill Thursday that would establish guidelines on hand sanitizer and facemasks for schools to be reimbursed. Federal aid could cover the costs.
“The best education is an in-classroom education, and whenever that happens students need to be protected to avoid spreading Covid-19,” said Dancer (R-Monmouth). “The state should give guidance to schools so they can be reimbursed and property taxes don’t rise further than necessary.”
Schools that apply for reimbursement of sanitizer and facemask costs would receive funding in 30 days. The Departments of Education and Health would develop guidelines specifying which types of sanitizer and facemasks are eligible for reimbursement to incentivize the use of the best and safest products.
Personal protective equipment for schools is an expense covered under the CARES Act. Murphy has over $2 billion in the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was established to hold federal funds covering extra costs caused by Covid-19.