The senator was in Victor Monday introducing a plan to inject $175B into the nation's K-12 schools

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VICTOR — The nation’s K-12 schools would share in an additional $175 billion in federal aid to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a plan U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer presented Monday on the Victor Central Schools campus.

More than $30 million would go to districts in Ontario County, while Monroe County school districts would share in hundreds of millions of dollars to meet COVID-related needs. The aid would be based on the student population. The Victor school district alone would see $3.3 million.

“This is huge,” said Victor School Superintendent Tim Terranova. The funds are needed “for school safety and to take the burden off the taxpayers,” he said.

Schools across the state are now working on reopening plans that require a major overhaul in how districts handle everything from transportation to classroom instruction, remote learning, extra-curricular activities and more.

“You can’t skimp with the kids, or with staff,” said Terranova before speaking at an outdoor podium along with other education and community leaders praising Schumer for his advocacy.

“This is an investment in our youth,” said Victor Town Supervisor and Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren.

Schumer said the federal government bears responsibility to ensure schools get what they need to open and operate safely. “Everyone wants schools to reopen,” he said.

Schools would have flexibility in how the funds are spent, with the only stipulation that the money supports health and education.

The $175 billion for K-12 schools is part of the proposed Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) that would inject $430 billion nationwide. The package includes funds to help child care providers stay open, funds to help working families pay for college tuition, and support for a workforce aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect among other support for education and the health of famlies.