In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Education has released three grants for which local education agencies can apply. These grants, known as ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III, were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA); and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
ARP: ESSER III
The Grant In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law. ARP dedicated $122 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER III. The intent and purpose of ESSER III is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus on students.
Allotment/Use of Funds BPC District 170 applied to receive its allocation of ESSER III funds based on feedback from stakeholder groups. BPC District 170’s ESSER III allocation is $1,612,296. These funds are supplemental to BPC District 170's budget and will be used to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. BPC District 170’s plan for ESSER III funds may include salaries for staff members including new EL positions for special education; intervention curriculum for school year 2021-2022; new curriculum materials in Math and English/Language Arts; professional development; and upgrades to facilities to promote a healthy and safe learning environment.
Board of Education Meeting Presentation
Public comment time during any open meeting of the Board of Education
Final Approval at August Board of Education Meeting
Posting 2021 - 2022 In-Person Return to School Plans on District Website with Opportunity for Stakeholder Feedback