September 6, 2022
Classroom teachers will receive Florida Classroom Assistance Funds from the State for the 2022-2023 school year. The allocation is $325 and will be paid out to classroom teachers by September 30, 2022. The funds will be direct deposited.
Who Qualifies for the Funds:
Classroom teachers must be hired by September 1, 2022 and hold a valid teaching certificate. “Classroom teacher” is defined in Florida Statute 1012.71 as follows: a certified teacher employed by a public school district on or before September 1 of each year, who’s full-time or job-share responsibility is the classroom instruction of students in prekindergarten through grade 12, including full time media specialists and certified school counselors serving students in eligible Pre-K (ESE) through Grade 12. Therefore, not all job titles are eligible.
The following are eligible to receive the classroom Assistance Money.
- Certificated full time classroom teachers and job share teachers, ESE teachers and ROTC teachers with a military certificate, CTE teachers with a district certificate, Media Specialists, Certified School counselors, certificated SLP’s, Instructional Interventionists who have students assigned to them.
The following are not eligible:
- ESE Specialists, Instructional Specialists, Cadre, Academic Coaches, licensed SLP’s with no certification, CTE teachers with no district certificate, Test Coordinators, Deans, Psychologists, OT/PT, Social Workers, Athletic Directors, Graduation Coaches, ESE Lead Teachers and Site Coaches, District Level Resource Teachers
Use of the Funds:
The funds appropriated are for classroom teachers to purchase classroom materials and supplies for the public-school students assigned to them and may not be used to purchase equipment. The funds appropriated shall be used to supplement the materials and supplies otherwise available to classroom teachers. Materials purchased with Teacher Classroom Supply Funds, belong to the school. If you purchase materials that are not consumed, they remain at the school. Purchased materials do not belong to the teacher.
Examples of items APPROVED as a Supply or Material in the instruction of students:
- Pencils, Pens, Highlighters, Markers, Notebooks, filler paper, construction paper, poster board, Glue, Paste, & Tape, Rulers / Scissors / Compasses / Protractors
- Arts & Crafts Materials
- Clothing for students use to conduct Arts & Craft (e.g. tie dye), Protective Smocks / Aprons
- Classroom books, Flash Cards
- DVD/CD for student use, Flash drive for student use
- Ink & Toner for Printers
- Game Balls & Supplies for PE
- Charts / Maps / Globes / Posters /Games
- Small hand tools for Automotive, Shop, Art class
- Calculators, (EXCEPT Printing, Graphing and/or Scientific calculators)
- Electric pencil sharpener, Electric Stapler
- Food items must be indicated on teacher’s lesson plans (e.g. Culinary, Science Labs)
- Subscription to teacher & student game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes
Examples of Items NOT APPROVED as a Supply or Material in the instruction of students:
- Personal use items i.e., pens, lanyards, mask, clothing
- Snacks / Food as a reward
- Services Online
- Laser Pointer, Computers / Laptop / Computer or Laptop Covers / Protective Case
- Printers, Laminators, Electronics, Equipment
- Power Tools
- Clothing / Personal use
- Furniture, Desk Organizer / Organizer Sets – i.e., Pen Holder/Sticky Note Holder
- Kids Chairs / Folding / Stacking (Furniture)
- Cameras / Equipment
- Gift Cards / Debit Cards
- iPad, Phone / Tablets, iPad, Phone, Tablet Covers / Cases / Sleeves
Receipts for all items purchased must be maintained by teachers for four (4) years.