JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Senator Roy Blunt announced Monday that Missouri will receive $208 million to help elementary and secondary schools respond to coronavirus-related needs.

The funding will be used to help schools address immediate needs of students and teachers, improve the use of education technology, support distance education, and make up for lost learning time.

The Education Department notified each state of their funding allocation today to help them plan how to best utilize funds to meet local needs.

“The coronavirus pandemic is straining education budgets as schools have had to shift to distance learning to keep kids safe,” said Blunt. “This funding will help schools cover technology and other distance learning costs to create the best possible learning environment for students during these unprecedented times.”

The Education Department is allocating $206 million in funding for Missouri colleges, universities, and trade schools to make emergency cash grants to students and offset other general expenses related to the coronavirus.