ESSER III USE OF FUNDS
American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 which included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funds for school districts across the country, which is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation's history. The Grand Prairie School District has been notified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that our district is eligible to receive $283666.00 which must be spent by September 30, 2024 as long as requirements are met. All parents/caregivers, district employees, students, and community members are urged to complete the stakeholders survey to help the district determine what to prioritize with the potential ESSER III funds.
Use of Funds
An LEA (Local Education Agency) must reserve not less than 20 percent of its total ESSER III allocation to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social and emotional needs, and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. Thus, $4184.00 of the total allocated funds of $283666.00 is reserved for learning loss while $277808.00 is for repair and upgrade projects to improve air quality in school buildings.
Additionally the SEA (State Education Agency) requirements reserve additional monies for learning loss, summer enrichment and after-school programs in the amount of $4184.00 reserved for learning loss, $837.00 reserved for summer enrichment and $837.00 reserved for after-school programs. This brings the entire ESSER III funds total to $283666.00.