Section 2001 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
The American Rescue Plan Act, passed on March 11, 2021, provided $122.7 billion in supplemental Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding, known as the ESSER III fund.
- Woodridge 68 estimated allocation $2.8 million
Funds may be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national emergency was declared; available for obligation through September 30, 2024.
Required/Allowable Use of Funds
School districts must reserve at least 20% of its total ARP ESSER allocation to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive after-school programs, or extended school year programs, and ensure that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups.
The remaining ARP ESSER funds may be used for the same allowable purposes as ESSER and ESSER II, including hiring new staff and avoiding layoffs.
Planned Use of Funds
- Summer learning opportunities (summer 2021, 2022, 2023)
- Temporary staffing increases: reduced class sizes in grades K-2, interventionist at Goodrich, bilingual liaison at Jefferson (2021-22)
- Expanded after-school programming (2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24)
- HVAC upgrades at Sipley & Willow Creek (summer 2022)
- Any leftover money will be spent on technology-related expenses