Schools have encountered myriad additional costs in responding to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. Some of these costs may be reimbursed through the EANS program, thereby freeing up funding in your operating budget to use flexibly as you see fit.
EANS has specific rules relating to reimbursements. Student support services are generally not reimbursable, but they can be provided through a third party or by the state directly. However, certain pandemic related costs such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), physical barriers, COVID tracing and testing, cleaning supplies, portable air filters, and leasing of additional spaces for social distancing are reimbursable. In addition, schools may be reimbursed for educational technology such as iPads, laptops, and smart boards. Since reimbursements will not be allowed for EANS 2.0, schools should try to recoup as many costs as possible with EANS I funding.