ESSER III Stakeholder Survey – January 2023

January 30, 2023
In March 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on student learning, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law, thereby dedicating funds for K-12 schools through Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) III funds. 

The purpose of these ESSER III funds is to help sustain the safe and effective operations of our schools and to address the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on student learning.  Federal guidelines require that no less than 20% of the funds received are used to address the impact of lost instructional time (learning loss).  

The American Rescue Plan provides the allowable activities for which a district can use their one-time funds.  In August 2021, the district surveyed our parents, staff, students, and community to provide input on how the district should prioritize the expenditure of our ESSER III funds.  Based on the results of that survey (link to results on website), the district has allocated our ESSER III funds to our two top rated categories from our stakeholder survey.  These include: 

  1. To provide repair and/or improve facilities including improved indoor air quality and help with crowding and capacity concerns 

  2. To hire additional staff trained to help accelerate learning and reduce learning gaps for identified students 

Since receiving our ESSER funding, the district has encountered challenges in filling the ESSER-funded staffing positions that were designed to enhance our ability to address learning loss.  We continue to seek certified educators for these positions.  However, due to these ongoing staffing challenges, we are now considering how we might reallocate these ESSER III resources to other allowable activities or interventions.   

We value the input of our community and invite you to weigh in on our decision-making regarding this reallocation to address learning loss.  Please take a moment to complete the brief survey below. Your input is extremely valuable. Thank you for your participation. 



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