COVID-19 Innovation Fund:
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Wellesley Education Foundation, a long-time champion of the values of innovation, excellence and inclusion within the Wellesley school community, extends its support for the ongoing safe operation of Wellesley Public Schools through establishment of the WEF COVID-19 Innovation Fund.
This fund is intended facilitate safety-related needs for our schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations to this fund should be viewed as an investment in safety that provides a community benefit to all. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
Contributions to the WEF COVID-19 Innovation Fund have been in support of the Back-to-School Testing Program in Wellesley Public Schools. This pilot program was 100% privately funded by WEF, with donors contributing in excess of $360,000. These donations, along with WEF's own contribution of $250,000 from its endowment, have enabled over $600,000 in funding.
What Does the DESE Announcement Mean for Wellesley's Program?
Based on the success of the pilot program, WPS is continuing weekly testing in 2021. Funds are currently in place to fulfill testing needs up until April break, through a combination of WEF and WPS budget resources. As details for the state offering continue to emerge, WPS will be able to evaluate whether this offering has potential to impact budget or other testing program considerations.