ESSER Funding | School Reopening Plans

  • 2021-22 Opening Plans

    Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt presented the 2021-22 Opening Plan to the Board of Education at its July 27, 2021 regular meeting. He provided an overview of practices and protocols, which was also shared with parents.

    Federal Funding to Support Pandemic Relief to Schools

    The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund provided federal funding to support reopening schools for in-person learning and assist with pandemic-related expenses. As of May 2021, the district was awarded funding in three installments totaling $577,735.  

    The funding helps offset costs of Personal Protection Equipment supplies, professional development, curricular supports and digital materials for both remote learning and in-person learning. The most recent grant was awarded in May 2021 and was the largest at $371,517. The grant is being used to fund a Getting Ready Camp in July-August 2021 to help targeted students prepare for the school year. Funds are also being used for classroom furniture needed to maximize social distancing, social and emotional learning, other curricular supports and PPE.

    The district spent about $1.3 million in additional expenses to operate schools in the 2020-21 school year and preparing to open the 2021-22 school year. The majority of that cost was for additional staffing needs to operate remote learning and in-person learning in socially distanced environments. 

    Chief School Business Official Jessica Donato reported how the federal funds were used in the May 21, 2021, Financial Report to the Board of Education.