What is the ESSER III grant?
The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s students by addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs.
This grant provides schools with funding to address the impact COVID-19 has had on services to students during school building closures. It also provides funding to develop and implement plans for the return to normal school operations.
What is required?
Newman-Crows Landing Unified Schools (NCLUSD) must make available a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. NCLUSD has a Return to School Plan that will be updated and needed.
In developing the ARP ESSER III Plan, NCLUSD must conduct consultation in the following ways:
With stakeholders, including: students; families; school and district administrators (including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions; and
To the extent present in or served by the LEA: Tribes; civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students; and
NCLUSD will engage stakeholders through the following:
ESSER lll Survey
Site Parent Meetings
District parent communication tools: Class Dojo and Parent Square
ESSER lll Funding
The American Rescue Plan
ARP ESER III Overview: The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, was enacted on March 11, 2021. The ARP Act provides additional funding for school districts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Education portion of ARP is known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III or ARP ESSER) Fund.
General grant specifics are as follows:
Grant Timeframe: Grant expires September 30, 2023. If needed, districts can carry over unused funds and be allowed to continue spending until September 30, 2024.
Districts will be required to follow all federal, state, and local regulations and requirements for federal grant administration and fiscal spending of funds.
NCLUSD has been allocated 4,477, 980(estimate) - to be expended over a 3-year period.
15 allowable uses of ESSER III funds
Any activities authorized under ESSA: IDEA, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and Perkins Act
Coordinate emergency response
Address needs of highly vulnerable populations
Ensure preparedness and coordination (systems and procedures)
Training related to infectious disease
Purchasing cleaning supplies to sanitize and clean schools
Planning/coordinating for continued education
Purchase educational technology
Mental health support
Facilities repairs and improvements
Improving indoor air quality
Developing strategies and implementing public health protocol
Other activities necessary for maintaining services and instruction
The next step for the District is to develop a budget for ESSER III funds through meaningful consultation and engagement with district stakeholders.
ESSER lll Overview
ESSER lll Plan Template
(Coming in October)