Seeking input on ARP ESSER funding

Seeking input on ARP ESSER funding

Louisville Public Schools is Seeking input on ARP ESSER funding:

Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, the United States Department of Education (USED) will make awards to State educational agencies (SEAs) to help schools safely reopen, sustain healthy operations, and address significant academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of their students as the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 2001 of the ARP requires the USED to allocate $121,974,800,000 in awards to SEAs through the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Section 2001(c) of the ARP requires the USED to determine ARP ESSER Fund allocations based on the proportion that each State received under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the most recent fiscal year.

In regards to ESSER funds, Louisville Public Schools is applying for access to these monies.  Once the application is completed and approved the district could potentially receive up to  $282,611.00. This particular grant has a three year duration with all funds used by September 30, 2024. In regards to these particular funds, all monies must be utilized to assist with the mitigation of Covid – 19, or the loss of learning with our students.

Following the guidelines provided by the United States Department of Education, funds can be utilized for: the purchase of  PPE (Masks / face shields / rubber gloves), upgrades to the facility that promote good filtration and clean air access, items that promotes social distancing, or reduces the potential spread of the coronavirus, technology that promotes equitable access to learning, any item, or program that reduces the loss of learning due to the pandemic and act that allows for appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.

Moving into the application process, the United States Department of Education has asked that public schools seek input from their stakeholders regarding the use of ARP – ESSER Funds as well as gain input on the district’s return to school for the 2021 – 2022 school year . With that said, LPS is asking for your input regarding our potential use of ESSER funds and your thoughts as they apply to our Covid – 19 related practices for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

To provide your thoughts, please see the link below.