Community Input Requested

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed three bills that provided immediate and direct economic assistance to state and local educational agencies through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. These funds were provided to support areas with the greatest need including the academic and non-academic components for school districts that had the greatest impact due to COVID-19. As additional funding was provided, the intent of the funds was to support States and local school districts’ efforts to safely reopen schools, address significant gaps in learning, and support measures of implementation that will continue to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on students and families. 

WCSD has been allocated ESSER funds to address learning and operational losses as follows:

Grant
Amount to WCSD
Begin Date
End Date
Local Use

ESSER CARES IDEA

$23,363

4/1/2020

9/30/2022

Supplemental support for Special Education program

ESSER Emergency Relief

$2,548,501

4/30/2020

9/30/2022

Bus fuel and utilities

ESSER School Nursing

$29,559

5/4/2020

9/30/2022

School clinic supplies & equipment and training for school nurses

ESSER III - Bonuses

$1,625,167

7/1/2020

6/30/2022

Retention bonuses for all staff

ESSER III CTAE

$14,746

7/1/2020

6/30/2022

Supplemental support for Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education

ESSER II

$10,702,537

4/1/2020

9/30/2023

Offset the cost of employee health coverage

ESSER CTAE

$5,677

7/1/2021

9/30/2023

Supplemental support for Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education

ESSER School Nursing

$21,069

7/1/2021

9/30/2023

School clinic supplies & equipment and training for school nurses


Additionally, WCSD was allocated $24,055,245 in ESSER III - American Rescue Plan funding. These funds became available in July 2020 and will continue to be utilized through September 2024. These funds have been used to employ additional teachers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff, to pay for tutoring for students who experienced learning loss due to the pandemic, to support summer enrichment and remediation programs, to pay for licenses of software to support student learning and to purchase school supplies for all students PreK-12 for the past two school years. For more details, click HERE to view the district’s current ESSER III-ARP Plan.  

The school district would like the input of our stakeholders regarding how the remaining ESSER III-ARP funds should be used to offset negative effects on learning experiences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Adjustments can be made to our plan based on stakeholder feedback. After reviewing our current plan, you may click HERE to send us your feedback.

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