Data shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning, both across the country and at Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School. The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March and included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country, which is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. Tekoa Academy is applying to receive some of that additional funding.
General grant specifics are as follows:
- Grant Timeframe: Grant expires September 30, 2023. If needed, districts can carry over unused funds and be allowed to continue spending until September 30, 2024.
- Districts will be required to follow all federal, state, and local regulations and requirements for federal grant administration and fiscal spending of funds.
ARP ESSER III Purpose: Grant funds should be used to respond to the pandemic and to address student learning loss as a result of COVID 19. Tekoa Academy will be taking feedback from all of our educational stakeholders (parents/community, students, parents, teachers/staff, and school/district/board leadership) to create our ESSER III Plan.
Tekoa Academy Tentative Plan for ARP ESSER III Funding:
Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the school will use the ESSER III federal funds to address student learning recovery and the ongoing impact of the pandemic using four major strategies:
- Teacher Support
- Rigorous instructional materials
- Creating more time for learning
- Empowering parents
- Developing strategies and implementing safety protocols
Public Notification and Comments: Closes June 30, 2021
All parents, district employees, students, and community members are urged to complete the survey to help the school determine what to prioritize with the potential ESSER funds.