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What is ESSER III?

The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (“ARP ESSER”) Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) Act of 2021, provides nearly $122 billion to States to support the Nation’s schools in safely reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. ​

San Angelo ISD has applied for a grant under this fund.

What is the purpose of ESSER III?

SAISD can use ESSER III funds for a wide variety of purposes to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.​ SAISD must spend at least 20% of its ESSER III funds for the following:​

  • Addressing learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs​
  • Ensuring that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs​
  • The other 80% may be spent in a variety of other ways to help support the safe opening of schools and continuity of learning.

San Angelo ISD Total Allocation: $46 million

How often will the District review its plans?

District staff will regularly monitor the ESSER Use of Funds plan and School Safety Plan as well as engage in a formal review process every six months as required by the U.S. Department of Education.