ESSER III Information
ARP ESSER III Grant Funds: How Will Pearland ISD Use the Funds?
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the learning of Pearland ISD students and students around the state and country. In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law by President Biden and included $122 billion for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across America. As this is the third law providing funding as a response to the pandemic, the ARP is also referred to as ARP ESSER III, ESSER III, or ESSER-SUPPLEMENTAL.
TEA requires districts to apply in two allocations for the funding. Pearland ISD is eligible to receive a total of $12,823,387, but can only apply for the first two-thirds of that amount ($8,548,925) in this first allocation application.
TEA has posted information about the ESSER III grant process for Texas school districts here.
In May, 2021, the district emailed staff, parents, and students a survey link to gather input on how to use the funds. The survey link was also placed on the district homepage and shared via social media so all stakeholders could participate. A notice of intent to apply was placed on the June 8, 2021 agenda of the Pearland ISD school board so the public could have the opportunity to speak to the grant. Based on the feedback from stakeholders, school board discussions, and grant requirements, Pearland ISD has submitted its application to receive its share of ARP ESSER III (ESSER III) funding ($8,548,925). The district applied to use the required Learning Loss portion of the first allocation ($1,756,387) to provide:
- digital devices (and associated security software) to all students as a tool to reduce learning loss and implement regular/substantive instruction, including intervention/tutoring during the school day and support for those attending supplemental after school programs and summer learning programs and enhancing learning at home, including to address the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
- teacher and administrator professional development, including Reading Academies staff development, to address learning loss among district students in order to effectively implement evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
- additional staff to support the unique needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learnings, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth through the addition of Dyslexia teachers and funding Outreach truancy case managers.
- mental health support for students and staff through the Character Strong Program.
The district used the non-Learning Loss portion of the first allocation ($6,792,538) to provide for the continued employment of staff by funding payroll expenses while the district was closed or operating remotely due to the pandemic, and to provide funding for the December 2020 mid-year pay supplement given to employees to help support retaining employees. As these expenses occurred prior to applying for the grant, these uses make up almost all of the $5,881,852 in the application for what is referred to as Pre-Award costs. Almost all of the Learning Loss portion of this allocation are for expenses in the 2021-2022 school year, as only $10,000 of the Learning Loss portion considered Pre-Award costs.
Additional updates will be provided once the second allocation applictation process is complete.
ARP ESSER III Grant Funds: How Will Pearland ISD Return to In Person Instruction and [Provide] Continuity of Services (RIPICS)?
Pearland ISD has reviewed local, county, state, and federal Covid-19 safety requirements for students and staff for in-person instruction and maintaining services, as required in the ARP ESSER III statute. The district's Proceeding With Purpose plan can be found here.
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This web page was created on May 20, 2021 and last revised on July 28, 2021.