Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)
Data show the pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning. To help combat the impact of the pandemic, the following Acts have been developed to allocate Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to school districts across the nation:
- March 2020: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) - ESSER I
- December 2020: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA Act) - ESSER II
- March 2021: American Rescue Plan (ARP Act) - ESSER III
ESSER I and ESSER II were both supplanted by the State (i.e., Texas reduced state funding [Foundation School Program / FSP] to districts), so that what districts received from FSP + ESSER equaled what we would have received in FSP funding had we not been impacted by COVID-19.
ESSER III is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. This allotment was passed on from the state to school districts.
- ESSER III provides resources for critical one-time investments; time-limited programming to respond to the pandemic; and innovation that can redefine student learning, acceleration, and development to address learning loss and mental health needs.
- Springtown ISD has been allocated $3,772,287 in ESSER III funding and is applying to the Texas Education Agency to access the funds.
- We apply first for the first 2/3s of funding ($2,514,858 - July 2021), and later the Texas Education Agency will allow us to apply for the final 1/3 of funding ($1,257,429).
- The supplemental funds can be used for allowable expenses occurring between March 13, 2020 (when the national emergency was declared) and September 30, 2023 (plus a one-year Tydings Amendment - 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 these funds.
- Use of Funds Plan (Posted July 29, 2021)
- Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan (Posted August 13, 2021)
- Translation Policy (Posted August 13, 2021)
Stakeholder Input was received via surveys and public meetings:
- District and Public feedback - May - June 2021-Survey Results
- ESSER III Planning Committee Public Meeting (e.g., teachers, parents, community members, business partners, students, etc.) - June 8, 2021
- District Leadership Planning - June 21, 2021
- School Board Public Meeting - June 28, 2021-Public Notice
Based on stakeholder feedback and an analysis of prioritized needs, Springtown ISD's Use of Funds Plan focuses on:
- Mental Health Needs (students and staff)
- Academic and Social/Emotional Training and Supports
- Staff Recruitment and Retention Stipends
- Instructional Resources
- Extended Learning Opportunities (Summer School, Extended Learning Camps, Tutoring)