The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grants are a set of three separate grant programs administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) created to ease the strain on school districts brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The designated funds will help schools recover from the pandemic over the next three years.
United ISD will receive grants over the next three years worth a total of $127M. The grant funds will be utilized to implement prevention and mitigation of CDC guidance on opening schools, addressing learning loss intervention activities including summer learning, extended days, comprehensive after-school programs, counseling, parent/community liaisons. The funds will also allow for response interventions for students who face disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, including populations defined in underrepresented student subgroups.
United ISD will further allocate the grant funds towards addressing the needs of children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth. The District will additionally allocate funds for providing meals to eligible students, purchasing technology, repairing and improving school facilities, and employee retention/recruitment strategies.
United ISD continues its total commitment to the education, health, and well-being of all students and community members within our District; the funds received from these grants will ensure the continued nurturing of our ‘Excellence in Education’ mantra.