Manitoba’s $154 million in spending projections to help schools cover COVID-19 pandemic-related costs this year will mean leftover savings carry forward to classrooms in 2021-22.
Education Minister Cliff Cullen unveiled Thursday the current spending projections for this year, which suggest approximately $31.4 million will still be in the bank at the end of June.
Remaining funds are to be distributed on a per-pupil basis.
In total, $185.4 million — between $48 million in spring school divisions savings, $52 million in provincial funding, and $85.4 million in federal funding — has been earmarked for COVID-19 expenses in Manitoba schools.
The funding is for pandemic-related staffing needs, learning and technology, health and safety, personal protective equipment and other expenses.