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Safely Back to School and Back to Work Act

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A bill to help Americans safely get back to school and back to work, and for other purposes.

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07/27/2020Introduced in Senate

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07/27/2020Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions07/27/2020 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (07/27/2020)

Safely Back to School and Back to Work Act

This bill makes multiple changes to federal public health, education, and workforce training programs in order to respond to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) public health emergency.

With respect to public health programs, the bill establishes grant programs, provides contracting and other authorities, and directs other activities pertaining to

  • biomedical research and development of vaccines, diagnostic tests, and countermeasures;
  • the administration of the Strategic National Stockpile;
  • public health preparedness and response; and
  • other issues related to COVID-19, such as allowing employers to temporarily offer telehealth benefits to employees who do not otherwise qualify for health benefits and prohibiting the collection or use of genetic material from COVID-19 tests without written, informed consent.

With respect to education and certain workforce programs, the bill

  • revises student loan repayment programs, including by consolidating repayment options;
  • allows the Department of Education to waive certain statutory and regulatory requirements for elementary and secondary schools and career, technical, and adult education programs;
  • establishes grant programs concerning child care providers, eligible scholarship-granting organizations, and certain workers impacted by COVID-19; and
  • makes other changes to programs and funding for higher education, elementary and secondary education, and workforce training.