Governor Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent of Schools Joy Hofmeister announced Wednesday that $16 million in federal grants will be dispersed among 150 Oklahoma school districts.
The funds are aimed at helping districts affected by COVID-19.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education will contribute $8 million to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The remaining $8 million will come from the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.
Both funds are parts of the CARES Act. Language in the CARES Act requires funds from the state's department of education to meet "emergency needs."
Funds from the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund must go to schools districts that are "most significantly impacted by coronavirus."