Data shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning, both across the country and in Nazareth ISD. Two laws, the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law this spring which included Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country, which is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. Nazareth ISD is applying to receive some of that additional funding through these two grant opportunities.
General grant specifics are as follows:
- Grant Timeframe: Grant expires September 30, 2023. If needed, districts can carry over unused funds and be allowed to continue spending until September 30, 2024.
- Districts will be required to follow all federal, state, and local regulations and requirements for federal grant administration and fiscal spending of funds.
ARP ESSER III Purpose: Grant funds should be used to respond to the pandemic and to address student learning loss from COVID 19. Nazareth ISD will be taking feedback from all our educational stakeholders (parents/community, students, parents, teachers/staff and school/district/board leadership) to create our ESSER III Plan.
CRRSA ESSER II Purpose: Grant funds to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19 pandemic, including its impact on the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students.
Nazareth ISD's Tentative Plan for ARP & CRRSA ESSER Funding:
Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the District will use the ESSER federal funds to address student learning recovery and the ongoing impact of the pandemic using four major strategies:
- Technology Updates that support instruction
- Teacher Support
- Instructional materials
- Learning loss mitigation
Public Notification and Comments: Take This Survey (closes 7/13/2021)
All parents, district employees, students and community members are urged to complete a survey to help the district determine what to prioritize with the potential ESSER funds. School districts are limited as to how we can use our ESSER funds to address issues that have risen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate your survey input, but please note that parents, board members, students and community members may additionally vocalize their wishes in person.
When: Wednesday, July 14 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Nazareth ISD Board Room