ESSER III Funds & Safe In-Person Return
Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which became law in March 2021, school districts around the country will receive funding to address the impact of COVID-19 on students' academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. This funding is known as "ESSER III."
"ESSER" is short for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. ESSER III receives its numerical designation from the fact that the ARP ESSER Fund is the third set of COVID-related federal relief grants for schools that Congress has passed since the pandemic began.
ESSER I and ESSER II were established respectively by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act in December 2020.
Following is an outline of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2. This plan was presented to the Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District Board of Education on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, and there was an opportunity for public comment before and after the presentation.
How Much Money Will ESSER III Provide?
ARP ESSER will provide approximately $195,000 to Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students. Of the total amount allocated to the district, 20% of funds must be targeted to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, ensure those interventions respond to the students' social-emotional and academic needs, and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented subgroups. Beyond the 20% set aside for interventions, districts may use the remaining money to address multiple needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
How Will District 103 Use Its ESSER III Funds?
Goal #1 Meet social distancing requirements for all students.
Rationale: Much of the student work areas at the schools are tables designed for collaborative work. Tables make it impossible to have all the students in a classroom sit socially distanced from one another. Individual desks are required to ensure students can maintain the proper distance.
Outcome: Students will be able to maintain social distance while seated in classrooms.
Goal #2 All staff will participate in Orange Frog training, a systemic SEL program
Rationale: After evaluating the impact of school closures and remote teaching and learning on staff and students from survey data it was determined that everyone would directly benefit from applying best practices to creating a positive, engaging environment for educators, students, and families.
Outcome: Creation of Building Orange Frog Positivity Plans which will include activities for staff and students.
Goal #3 Purchase online subscriptions that provide individual pathways or tutoring that will support students' learning loss and educational gaps.
Rationale: After evaluating the impact of school closures and remote learning on students from assessment it was determined that students who were experiencing learning loss of educational gaps would benefit from online subscriptions to support their individual needs. Currently, the district is investigating which platform(s) will be the most effective for the students in Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District #103.
Outcome: Students participating in individual pathway/tutoring subscriptions will meet/or exceed growth scores as indicated on MAP assessments.
Budget: $40,000 approx. based on 20% of the total allocation