• Federal ESSER and Covid-Related Grants

    Note: This page contains information regarding Federal CARES ESSER I, CRSSA ESSER II, ARP ESSER III, ARP Homeless I-TEHCY Supplmental, and ARP Homeless 2 grant programs, as well as the 2021-2022 Covid-19 School Health Support Grant


    ARP Homeless 2 Grant

    Pearland ISD will be applying for the 2021-2024 ARP Homeless II Grant.  This grant was authorized by ARP Homeless II: America Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY).  The district has been allocated $87,338 across the lifetime of the grant. 

    The tentative plan for use of this funds is to provide ongoing monitoring and academic intervention and wraparound services for the district’s identified homeless children and youth.

    Parents and the community may provide input on needs and possible grant activites by completing the survey at this link. An opportunity for public comment will also be available at the May 17, 2022, board meeting.

    The grant deadline is May 27, 2022. 


    ARP Homeless I-TEHCY Supplemental Grant


    Pearland ISD has applied and been awarded the 2021-2024 ARP Homeless I-TEHCY Supplemental Grant.  This grant was authorized by ARP Homeless I: America Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY).  The district has been allocated $50,160 across the lifetime of the grant.  The district plans to use the grant funds to provide mental health services related to grief/trauma events for students who qualify as homeless under McKinney Vento (MV).  This specialized instructional grief/trauma support services provide the ability for MV students to build capacity to maximize their academic potential.. 


    ARP ESSER III: Use of Funds Plan and Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services (RIPICS) Plan


    ARP ESSER III Grant: Background

    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. 

    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 ARP ESSER III grant process for Texas school districts here.


    ARP ESSER III Grant: How Will Pearland ISD Use the Funds?

    On May 20, 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 and provide input.  The survey was available in English and Spanish, and was available through May 27, 2021.  A notice of intent to apply was placed on the June 8, 2021 agenda of the Pearland ISD school board so stakeholders could have another opportunity to speak and provide input on the grant. 

    Through the above methods of meaningful consultation and outreach, the district received feedback from all categories of stakeholders, including, but not limited to: students, parents/families, teachers, principals, district administrators (including special education administrators), other school personnel, afterschool or summer staff/educators, non-profit after school providers, civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations), stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English language learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migrant students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students.  The top three responses from the survey for Use of Funds were to provide: 1) instructional materials (including digital resources); 2) activities and outreach to meet the academic needs of students, extended school hours, summer enrichment, tutoring, and staff development to accelerate learning; and 3) funding to fill gaps in the budget that arose from responding to the pandemic.

    Based on the feedback from stakeholders, school board discussions, and grant requirements, Pearland ISD submitted its application July 22, 2021 to receive its share of ARP ESSER III funding ($8,548,925). 

    Use of Funds as Submitted in the Initial Application:

    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 academic impact of lost instruction from the pandemic and implement regular/substantive academic 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 academic needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care to address academic needs due to the pandemic.
    • teacher and administrator professional development, including Reading Academies staff development, to address pandemic-related 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 learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth due to the pandemic through the addition of Dyslexia teachers and funding Outreach truancy case managers.
    • social, mental, and emotional health needs support for all students, in particular underserved populations, 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 including 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 retain employees. As most of these expenses occurred prior to applying for the grant, these payroll expenses 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 is considered Pre-Award costs.

    The district did not use ARP ESSER III funds in this first allocation to implement prevention and mitigation strategies consistent with CDC to safely reopen and operate in-person learning. 

    Pearland ISD was allocated an additional $4,278,605 to bring its final allocation to $12,827,530.  A Notice of Intent to apply for the for the second allocation through an amendment to the original grant was placed for Public Hearing on the November 9, 2021 school board meeting.  No one provided public comment at the hearing.  There was also a survey emailed out to parents, students, and staff on October 15, 2022 seeking input on use of the funds.  The survey link was also posted on the district webpage.  The survey closed on October 27, 2021.  The survey was available in English and Spanish.  There were 1845 responses to the survey. 

    The top three responses for use of funds to impact learning loss were: 1) To provide instructional materials (including digital resources), activities, and outreach to meet the academic needs of students; 2) To provide resources and tools to help students, parents, and families to improve student engagement and academic success; and 3) To provide students with disabilities services that were disrupted due to Covid-10. 

    The top three responses for use of funds to in non-learning loss areas were: 1) To provide funding to fill gaps in the budget that arose from responding to the pandemic; 2) To provide HVAC filters and facility updates for clearer indoor air quality; 2) To provide cleaning supplies to disinfect facilities, personal protective equipment, and training of personnel on safety procedures.

    These results were shared with district administrators.  In response to the input, the district evaluated all possible funding sources and needs to maximize the effectiveness of ARP ESSER III funding.  The district submitted its amended application for the entire allocation on January 27, 2022. The district increased its set aside for activities to address Learning Loss to $6,229,601 with the activities to address Learning Loss remaining the same as in the original application (see activities listed above). This amount accounted for all of the increase in the district's final allocation.

    ARP ESSER III Use of Funding was last updated May 2, 2022


    ARP ESSER III Grant: How Will Pearland ISD Return to In Person Instruction and [Provide] Continuity of Services (RIPICS)?

    ARP ESSER III requires district to have a Return to In Person Instruction and Continuity of Services (RIPICS) Plan. ARP ESSER III statute requires that the district explain its procedures relative to CDC guidance. Pearland ISD has reviewed local, county, state, and federal Covid-19 safety requirements and guidelines for students and staff for in-person instruction and maintaining services, as required in the ARP ESSER III.   Pearland ISD provides for RIPICS through its Proceeding with Purpose Plan, comprised of three Pledges.   

    Pearland ISD Pledge #1: Health and Safety addresses the district's dedication to providing health response protocols due to the impact of the pandemic. This web page is updated frequently as the Covid-19 pandemic impact on Pearland ISD students and staff changes.  The linked page notes the date of the most recent update. 

    Pledge #2: High Quality Instruction addresses the district's dedication to providing a high-quality education in response to the impact of the pandemic for all Pearland ISD students through a high quality education, intervention for learning loss, 1:1 device utilization, and specialized student support programs.  This web page was last revised on August 9, 2021.

    Pledge #3: Student and Staff Support addresses the district's dedication to providing academic, social, and emotional support to students and staff to help build resiliency skills due to the impact of the pandemic.  This web page was last revised on August 9, 2021.

    The school board held a workshop on April 20, 2021 to discuss plans for Face-to-Face Instruction for the 2021-2022 School Year, Limitations of Remote Learning for the 2021-2022 School Year, and Budget Planning for 2021-2022.  The agenda can be found here.  The YouTube livestream can be found here.  As an outcome of this meeting, all three Pledges of the Proceeding with Purpose Plan were drafted.  District stakeholders met on May 28, 2021 to review and revise all three pledges and the websites were created after the meeting to serve as the district's RIPICS plan for ARP ESSER III.

    There was a district COVID Response Protocol Meeting on August 9, 2021, to review and revise the Covid-19 protocols address in Pearland ISD Pledge #1: Health and Safety.  Revisions were posted to Pledge #1 after the meeting.  

    There was a district stakeholder RIPICS review of the Pearland ISD's Proceeding with Purpose Plan on November 9, 2021 via TEAMS.  Public stakeholder feedback was shared with the district stakeholders.  The public feedback came from the survey posted on this web page in the next section below, the participants of the district's Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) from their October 11 and November 8, 2021 meetings, and summaries of the public comment portion of school board meetings since August. An overview of the public feedback from all avenues of input is as follows:

    • The district should implement prevention and mitigation strategies consistent with CDC to safely reopen and operate in-person learning; update the HVAC and air filtering systems at school buildings
    • The district should return to in-person instruction
    • It is very important for everyone to be clearly informed
    • Students are behind academically and there are emotional challenges; teachers feeling stressed
    • Students are lacking socialization skills [from having been remote learners last year]
    • Please require masks (from school board public comment)
    • Please do not require masks (from school board public comment)

    The district RIPICS stakeholders reviewed each of the Pledges and no new updates were needed for Pledges #2 and #3.  Pledge #1 updated the wording on vaccinations to more clearly indicate that the district encourages all eligible staff and students to be vaccinated (in response to CDC update on November 5, 2021). The district will continue to follow 25 Tex. Admin. Code §97.7. regarding Covid-19 testing requirements (in response to CDC update on October 22, 2021).  There was no change to actual procedures in Pledge #1.   Pearland ISD will continue to monitor for CDC updates, as well as updates from state and local health authorities. 

    The district RIPICS stakeholders met again to review the Proceeding with Purpose Plan and Pledges on May 4, 2022. Prior to the meeting members of the district's SHAC committee were asked to complete an evaluation of the district's response to Covid-19 and Proceeding with Purpose Plan. The results of the evaluation survey was shared with the district RIPICS stakeholders.  The committee also reviewed the responses from the open survey for public comment posted on this website.  In reviewing the district's response to Covid-19 practices and the posted Proceeding with Purpose Pledges, the district removed items from the pledges for practices that are no longer done (testing qualifications for staff for district Covid leave as there is no more funding for Covid leave and social and emotional resources for parents to help student return to school in August 2021). As the public response to the posted survey was low, the committee has decided to pursue additional outreach for additional stakeholder feedback in order to better prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. 


    ARP ESSER III Grant: Stakeholder and Public Input On Use of Funds & RIPICS 

    Stakeholder and public input on ARP ESSER III Use of Funds &/or RIPICS may be provided:

    • by completing the survey for ongoing stakeholder feedback on Use of Funds and RIPICS linked here.  This survey link does not expire.
    • by speaking at the public comment portion of a school board meeting; the schedule for school board meetings can be found here; posted school board meeting agendas include instructions for speaking at a school board meeting and updates on the pandemic's impact in the district.  The YouTube stream of board meetings, including public comment portions and Covid-19 updates can be found here.  
    • by participating in the School Health Advisory Council virtual meetings held through Microsoft Teams Live Event or a ZOOM meeting; to view the meeting and submit questions, please review the agendas and instructions posted prior to each meeting at this webpage.

    Note: The Use of Funds survey for the second allocation has expired. Information from this survey was shared with the school board at the upcoming board meeting on November 9, 2021.  


    ARP ESSER III Grant: Use of Funds & RIPICS Translation and Additional Assistance

    Please note, language translation on any district webpage can be obtained by selecting the translate button on the top ribbon on the left-hand side of the webpage.  If you are a parent with a disability and require additional assistance in accessing ARP ESSER III information, please contact Donna Tate at 281.997.4949 or tated@pearlandisd.org so it can be provided in an accessible format.  


     

    CRRSA ESSER II Information

    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Act (CRRSA) of 2021, Elementary and Secondary Supplementary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund was authorized by Congress and signed into law on March 20, 2021.  The purpose of the act is to provide funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, including its impact on the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students.  

    TEA has posted information about CRRSA ESSER II here.

    The District’s ESSER II allocation is $5,709,795 (estimate prior to the State of Texas Hold Harmless Reduction in fiscal year 2020-2021) to be expended over the life of the grant.  

    The tentative plan for use of this funds is to supplant the hold harmless funding reduction from the state in fiscal year 2020-2021 for the purpose of continuing to employ existing staff; any remaining funds will be used for the same purpose throughout the grant period.

    The 2020-2022 CRRSA ESSER II Federal Grant is a one-time grant and will not be a recurring fund source. 

    If you would like to provide input on this grant, you may complete this survey linked here.  The Notice of Intent to Apply for CRSSA ESSER II will be an information item on the August 16, 2021 school board agenda. Stakeholders and the public may also offer comment as a part of the meeting.


     

    CARES ESSER I Information

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Education Act (CARES) of 2020, Elementary and Secondary Supplementary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund was authorized by Congress and passed into law on March 27, 2020. The purpose of the act is to provide funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, including its impact on the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students.  

    TEA has posted information about CARES ESSER I here.

    The District's CARES Act ESSER I allotment was $1,182, 724.  The State of Texas was able to supplant these funds.  The district used the funds to continue to employ existing staff, with a focus on paying staff during shutdown and working remotely due to the pandemic.


     

    2021-2022 Covid-19 School Health Support Grant


    Pearland ISD has applied for the 2021-2022 Covid-19 School Health Support Grant which was authorized by CK19-1904 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) Funding Grant. You can read more about the grant here. Pearland ISD was allocated $812,323 by the state of Texas.  Grant activities include PPE, sanitizing hygiene and cleaning supplies, portable High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) fan/filtration systems or other small items that may allow for improved air circulation, Covid-19 testing support services, and partial funding for staff conducting grant-related duties for screening, testing, or COVID prevention programs that are outside of the staff's regular duties. 


    This web page was created on May 20, 2021.