As COVID funds dry up, Norwalk schools seek higher budget to retain ‘essential’ staff | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

NORWALK — Federal COVID relief funds gave the city’s public schools the ability to address needs in existence long before the pandemic swept in, but with that money running out in a few years, the district is looking to retain the extra employees hired.

And it won’t come cheap.

“Certainly, social workers and school counselors are essential workers in the school system, and they will continue to need to be funded when the ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding does dry up,” said Tom Hamilton, the district’s outgoing chief financial officer, during a recent board meeting.

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