Disaster Recovery: COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifies Disaster Recovery Challenges for K-12 Schools [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "More than 260 presidentially-declared major disasters have occurred since 2017, affecting every state and several U.S. territories, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Many of these natural disasters have had devastating effects, including rendering K-12 [kindergarten-12th grade] school facilities unusable for extended periods of time. These schools are now experiencing the compounding challenge of recovering from these natural disasters while managing effects of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Social distancing practices and building closures are meant to keep staff and students safe, but may also complicate recovery efforts for disaster-affected districts. The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 provided funds for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to audit issues related to presidentially-declared major disasters that occurred in 2018. We reviewed (1) how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected schools recovering from recent natural disasters, and (2) support the U.S. Department of Education (Education) has provided to help schools recover from recent natural disasters and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected schools' use of these resources."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/