Below is a press release from State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office:
BOSTON, MA — With federal CARES Act money set to be distributed to states for COVID fighting, two amendments filed by Representative Robertson to bill H4808 were included in the passage of the bill, contributing to the safe reopening of schools and public buildings for students, staff, and the public. Cosponsored by Representative Nguyen and Gordon, each amendment contributed $125,000 to Wilmington and Tewksbury for masks, fumigators, and other anti-COVID measures.
“The federal government has been slow on providing guidance on how to safely reopen schools, or even what to anticipate in terms of students attending lessons in person or over the internet. This has put our school committees and town administrators in a tough position, so we must plan for the the most difficult scenario,” said Representative Robertson upon passage. “This $125,000 per town provides a great start by purchasing ‘sneeze-guard’ protections for every student in both towns, masks, and a fumigator for every public school and public building so that precautions can be taken to keep everyone safe. I am particularly concerned that children may not display symptoms and carry home the virus to an older relative, who are at high risk, so providing funds to buy the necessary equipment to kill and virus is absolutely critical.”
The wording of the amendment allows the towns some flexibility as well. While the emphasis of the amendments was on issues surrounding the school, both Tewksbury and Wilmington may spend funds on purchasing masks and fumigators for their respective senior centers, town halls, and other public buildings. This will allow for the resumption of expanded operations and local public services while minimizing potential spread to an absolute minimum. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate and approval.
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