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Esser III Information

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Data shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning, both across the country and in Crockett ISD.

The American Rescue Plan signed into law in March by President Joe Biden included $122 billion in 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. Crockett ISD is applying to receive some of that additional funding.

ESSER III Grant funds should be used to respond to the pandemic and to address student learning loss as a result of COVID 19.  Crockett ISD will be taking feedback from all of our educational stakeholders (parents/community, students, parents, teachers/staff and school/district/board leadership) to create our ESSER III Plan.  

Survey

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.

 

American Rescue Plan 

ESSER III Planning Meeting 

July 7th 10:00 AM

CISD Administration Office 

 

Purpose of the Meeting:  

Crockett ISD will be applying for the American Rescue Plan ESSER III Federal Stimulus Money and is required to have a planning meeting on the spending of funds. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

ESSER III Documents & Notices

ESSER Documents

FaQ(s)

  • 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.

  • The purpose of ESSER in general is to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) such as Crockett ISD to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.

  • 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.

  • The LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds.

    The LEA must provide its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds in an understandable and uniform format.

    The LEA’s plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds will be posted to the LEA’s website within 30 days of receiving its ESSER III Notice of Grant Award.

  • Yes, LEAs must expend a minimum of 20 percent of their grant funds on:

    1. Evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning, extended day comprehensive after school programs, or extended school year programs; and
    2. 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, 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.

  • March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2023 with a carryover year to September 30, 2024

  • Total Award $6,034,782

    2/3rds of Award: 4,023,168 (what the 2021-2023 application will be applied for at this time 

    Last 1/3 will come at a later time after TEA sends in their plan to USDE

    20% of funding is required for instruction