CVSD will be seeking to engage with the community regarding plans for how to use ESSER III funds to support the implementation of the CVSD Strategic Response Plan. Please read through this information about ESSER to find important next steps for providing feedback on ESSER III funds.
What is ESSER?
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 - Champlain Valley School District is one of those LEAs. Funds are broken down into three parts: ESSER I, ESSER II, and 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.
CVSD has two schools that are eligible for Targeted Assistance funding through Title I. Currently, those funds are being applied to provide supplemental literacy and math instruction.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ESSER TYPES & HOW MUCH HAS CVSD BEEN ALLOCATED?
Click the links to learn more about:
ESSER I, also known as Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) ESSER funds. CVSD allocation: $568,520_
ESSER II, an expansion of CARES ESSER funds and with the addition of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRPSA) funds. CVSD allocation: $1,942,692
ESSER III, also known as the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER funds. CVSD allocation: $4,351,753
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 AND DECISIONS?
Both ESSER I & II were provided during this past school year. Their purpose was to support school systems in delivering instruction in the midst of the pandemic. The funds were primarily used to support:
CVSD Virtual Learning Academy (K-8) and Vermont Virtual Learning Consortium (9-12) for 360 students who signed up for these options
Additional food service and maintenance needs
Safe and healthy schools measures (PPE, nursing, etc.)
Extensive summer programming PreK-12 for 2021
Adding supplemental instructional support to address the most immediate academic, social-emotional, and engagement challenges
ESSER III is designed to support what Vermont is calling “recovery” from the impact of the pandemic on school systems. Investments should “plan, prevent, or respond to the impact of Covid 19” -- VT Agency of Education
Up Next: ESSER III - Meaningful Consultation
WHAT IS ‘MEANINGFUL CONSULTATION’?
A major component of how the CVSD administrative team will invest ESSER III funds will depend on the input received on the Strategic Response Plan. The administrative team will intentionally seek input from the following stakeholders:
children with disabilities
children experiencing homelessness
children in foster care
children who are incarcerated
other underserved students
HOW YOU CAN ENGAGE IN THIS PROCESS
We appreciate and welcome your input and feedback on the CVSD Recovery Plan. Use this survey to share your thoughts. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate in this process.
Response Plan & Meaningful Consultation Processes:
CVSD Covid Educational Response Team (CERT) is conducting a needs assessment and developing a response plan to align with district goals and supplemented with ESSER III funds. The plan was submitted on May 28, and we received state approval.
The CVSD administrative team presented the planning process to the school board. Click on this link to view the presentation slides
May-June: CVSD sought input on the planning process through:
Thoughtexchange survey for CVSD Faculty/Staff
Parent/Caregiver & Student surveys
In addition to the survey, CVSD will continue to develop opportunities to engage in this process.