We will be seeking to engage with the community this fall regarding plans for ARP ESSER III funds. Please read through this webpage for information about ESSER and to find important next steps for providing feedback on ARP ESSER III funds.
The Vermont Agency of Education has required every school district or supervisory union to submit a “Recovery Plan” by June 1. The plan includes templates for a needs assessment and logic models (plans that include goals and strategies for addressing identified needs). The plan requires that we address needs in 3 areas:
- Academic Achievement
- Social-Emotional/Mental Health.
In April 2020, we worked on the needs assessment portion of the plan. This work included analyzing data, interpreting data, and making recommendations for addressing identified needs. Click her to view the recovery plan template:
What does ESSER stand for & what are these grants all about?
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is a federal formula grant managed by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). Non-recurring, emergency aid subgrants are being allocated by the AOE to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) by formula based on Title I, Part A allocations. Funds are broken down into three parts: ESSER I, ESSER II, and ARP ESSER III. These grants are considered one-time funds.
What is Title I, Part A?
Title I, Part A is a Consolidated Federal Program with the purpose of providing all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. ENSU receives Title I funding each year.
What are the different ESSER types & how much has ENSU been allocated?
Click the links to learn more about:
- ESSER I, also known as Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) ESSER funds. Allocation: $138,766 (Received, Invested and fully approved by AOE)
- ESSER II, an expansion of CARES ESSER funds and with the addition of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRPSA) funds. Allocation: $1,085,622 (Received, Invested and fully approved by AOE)
- ARP ESSER III, also known as the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER funds. Allocation: $2,441,306 (Partially received, partially invested, still in phase I of the application process)
This U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet further describes ESSER funds and the difference between each type.
What is the Status of ESSER I & ESSER II Funds?
What is ‘meaningful consultation’?
We must invite public comment and input into the decision-making process for utilizing ARP ESSER III funds. The US Department of Education requires LEAs to complete Meaningful Consultation and provide evidence public input was incorporated into the plan and the plan must be approved at the state level and then shared with the public.
Please take a moment and respond to this 5-question brief survey to provide comments: Access Survey Here.