Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (RESTART)

Disaster Recovery Unit

84.938A

Formula Grant

The Immediate Aid to Restart Operations (Restart) program makes awards to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs), which in turn provide assistance or services to local educational agencies (LEAs) and non-public schools.  The purpose of the program is to help defray expenses related to restarting operations, re-enrolling students, and reopening public or non-public elementary and secondary schools that serve an area affected by a covered disaster or emergency.

The 2019 Restart program provides funding for education-related disaster recovery activities in response to Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, and Super Typhoon Yutu.  It also provides funding in response to wildfires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018 and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019 in those areas for which a major disaster or emergency has been declared under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5191).

The 2018 Restart program provides funding for education-related disaster recovery activities in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and/or Maria.  It also provides funding for the California wildfires in 2017 in those areas for which a major disaster or emergency has been declared under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5191)

 

> SEAs use the funds to provide services and assistance to eligible LEAs and nonpublic schools. In determining the amount of services or assistance to provide, SEAs must consider the number of school-age children served by the affected LEA or nonpublic school and the severity of the impact of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita. LEAs and nonpublic schools may use their funds for: (1) recovery of student and personnel data and other electronic information; (2) replacement of school district information systems, including hardware and software; (3) financial operations; (4) reasonable transportation costs; (5) rental of mobile education units and leasing of neutral sites or spaces; (6) initial replacement of instructional materials and equipment, including textbooks; (7) redeveloping instructional plans, including curriculum development; (8) initiating and maintaining education and support services; and (9) other appropriate activities as approved by the Department. –>

Contact Information

  • Molly Budman, Group Leader
    Disaster Recovery Unit
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20202