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Federal and State Compensatory Programs » American Rescue Plan-Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III)

American Rescue Plan-Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III)

Frequently Asked Questions
The purpose of ESSER, in general, is to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) such as Valley View ISD to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.
A total of $12,418,588,778 is available to the state. Ninety percent, or $11,176,729,900, will be awarded to eligible LEAs. Note that only two-thirds of the total state allocation ($8,279,059,186) is available at this time.
Grant allocations will be posted on the Grants Administration Entitlements web page at https://tea.texas.gov/finance-and-grants/grants/grantsadministration/applying-for-a-grant/entitlements.
Funds may be used for allowable activities from March 13, 2020 (with approved pre-award) through Sept. 30, 2023.
Valley View ISD must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan for the use of ARP ESSER III funds. VVISD must provide its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds in an understandable and uniform format. VVISD ISD's plan for the use of ARP ESSER III funds will be posted to the VVISD ISD’s website within 30 days of receiving its ESSER III Notice of Grant Award.
Yes, VVISD must expend a minimum of 20 percent of their grant funds on Evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning, extended day comprehensive after school programs, or extended school year programs; and Ensure interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on student populations as defined in ESEA, Title I, Part A, students experiencing homelessness, and youth in foster care.
While keeping in mind the purpose and requirements under ESSER III related to accelerating student learning, Texas Education Agency (TEA) strongly encourages school systems to plan for how to use these one-time federal funds expeditiously over the entire covered period to facilitate a more comprehensive long-term approach to learning acceleration. This may include aligned strategies that are currently part of a district’s current plans and strategies. A qualitative review of draft local learning acceleration plans revealed the following trends and suggestions, including but not limited to: Professional Development: comprehensive Reading Academies, high-quality instructional materials, dyslexia training, professional development stipends, technology integration training; Extended Instructional Time: extended day, extended year, high-dosage tutoring, summer learning; Staffing: tutors, reduced class sizes, small group instruction, staff retention and recruitment incentive pay, after school enrichment programs, instructional coaching and leadership; Facilities: ventilation, cleaning, HVAC systems, specialized instructional spaces; Technology: devices, infrastructure upgrades, learning management systems, digital tools, educational application; Mental Health and Behavioral Supports: social workers, at-risk coordinators, additional counseling services, teacher training and programming, wrap-around and community partnerships.
ESSER funds are designated to be used in any or all of 15 buckets, which include addressing learning loss, providing professional development, improving indoor air quality, providing social and emotional supports, updating and providing technology, and others (FAQ from TEA)
Since the large influx of ESSER funding into LEAs can result in funding deficits when it ends, the LEA must plan for how to effectively and efficiently use the ESSER funds. It is recommended to use the ESSER grant funds for one-time or short-term expenditures to address the identified needs caused by the pandemic. Although long-term uses of the ESSER funds are also allowable, these types of uses may cause the LEA to not have funding to continue these activities after the ESSER period of availability ends, thus creating fiscal deficits.