American Rescue Plan: District ESSER III Plan
On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released its American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER or ESSER III) interim final requirements related to district ESSER III plans and district plans for a safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. (ESSER III State and Local Plan Requirements)
Each district receiving ESSER III funds must:
- Develop a plan regarding its proposed uses of ESSER III funds, including engaging in meaningful consultation with all required stakeholders and providing the public opportunity to provide comments during plan development.
- Submit an ESSER III plan to the Department through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA).
- Make the plan publicly available on its website in an understandable and accessible format.
This plan is due in full by August 20, 2021.
The distributions of these funds are based on the Title I funding formula, which are the funds providing financial assistance to local educational agencies for children from low-income families.
For reference, Ames has and will receive the following from ESSER funds:
ESSER I: $411,567
ESSER II: $1,686,661
ESSER III: $3,792,492
ESSER III plans submitted to the state must include, at a minimum, a description of:
- The extent to which and how the funds will be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning;
- How the district will use the funds to address the academic impact of lost instructional time.
- How the district will spend its remaining ESSER III funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act; and
- How the district will ensure that the interventions it implements will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021-2022 Proposed Uses of Funds
Allowable Funding Expenditures
Plans for ESSER III expenditures from 2021-22 school year
Prevention and Mitigation Strategies
Other uses of funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act
Interventions to address to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, including lost learning
The following presentations were used in meetings with a stakeholder group. It has many components requested of this group that are not asked of the general public. Use these for information regarding ideas/strategies for the user of ESSER funds in our District.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is required to be addressed in the ESSER III plan?
- The extent to which, and how, the funds will be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning.
- How the district will use the funds to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive after school programs, or extended school year.
- How the district will spend its remaining ESSER III funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act (link inserted below).
- How the district will ensure that the interventions it implements will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students).
What is the timeline for sharing the plan and spending the money?
- Plan Development: Beginning in May of 2021, teams of ACSD staff began the process of providing input into suggested interventions based on their experience with student learning through the pandemic. Also in May of 2020, ACSD completed the state required assurances for accepting funds. In June and July of 2021, the ESSER III planning team met to establish priority groups to be targeted with funds based on data. In July of 2021, a plan will be developed and made available for public comment prior to final submission.
- Plan Submission: A plan of how funds will be spent for the 2021-22 school year will be submitted to the state no later than August 23rd.
- Plan review and possible adjustment: As per state requirements, this plan will be reviewed for progress every 6 months.
- Funding timeframe: ESSER II funds must be spent prior to spending ESSER III funds. At this time, ESSER III funds are available to spend until June 30 of 2023.
Who makes the final decision? What’s the role of the board?
What will the process of public input look like?
How will we evaluate/progress monitor the success of the strategies that are used?
What data is being used to identify students who will be targeted by interventions?
- FAST Data
- MAP Data
- ELPA21 Data
- Special Education Progress Monitoring Data
What are current interventions already in place?
What are evidence based interventions we are exploring?
- Interventionists (academic and attendance)
- Mental health support
- Additional classroom teachers to lower class size
- Training on Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Training on current curriculum materials
- Training on Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)
- Before and After School Tutoring (including transportation)
- Online Math Intervention programming
- Social Emotional Learning curriculum (and training)
- High Interest Decodable Texts
- Multilingual Texts for classroom libraries
- Go Formative Software
What happens with any unspent funds?