The COVID crisis has left a great many of our inner-city New Jersey families without the income needed to pay their share of tuition to keep their children at their better, safer independent schools. These hardworking parents have lost hours, jobs and their own small businesses. There are also dozens of new scholarship applicants who have never asked for our help before, but this year find themselves in great financial distress, unable to cover their children's tuition. Our scholarship waiting list has ballooned. While the K-12th grade independent schools are expected to open, the schools cannot absorb the tuition shortfall because they are also incurring significant additional costs to implement the proper health and safety precautions needed to protect faculty and students.