ASD using $2 million in COVID relief to upgrade school facilities for possible spring return to classes

Written by on November 30, 2020

ASD using $2 million in COVID relief to upgrade school facilities for possible spring return to classes

By Gabi Falk

November 30, 2020

Emma Lee/ WITF

Lehigh County recently gave $2 million to the Allentown School District. And As WLVR’s Gabi Falk reports, the grant is aimed at improving safety concerns in the district so students can eventually return to in-person learning. 

The COVID-19 Relief Block is meant to ensure a healthy environment for 20,000 students and staff when they go back to brick and mortar classes. 

Thomas Smith runs facility services for the Allentown School District.

“The grant will provide us much needed funding for mechanical and equipment upgrades and improvements in all of our ASD buildings to address the health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 virus,” said Smith.

Improvements include installing more than 100 touchless water bottle filling stations to limit the use of drinking fountains, and it will upgrade air filter technology and ventilation in buildings. 

Smith says the district is aiming to finish these projects at the beginning of 2021, with hopes of bringing students back to in-person learning in the spring. 

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