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Overview of ESSER III Funding for Schools

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois school districts have been awarded federal funding in three phases through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III). 

Schools can use ESSER III funds to address students’ learning loss, students’ academic, social, and emotional needs, and address the impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented groups.  The funds can also be used for staffing and to support the reopening and operation of school facilities to maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and staff.

The current District spending plan framework allocates $953,922 in ESSER III funds to the following areas:

1.  Summer school programming to address learning loss. 

2.  After school tutoring programs to address learning loss. 

3.  Summer school programs to provide enrichment for students. 

4.  Social work services for students. 

5.  Technology - purchase of Chromebooks for student use. 

6.  Regional Office of Education #35 truancy & social emotional learning program. 

7.  HVAC/Air Conditioning Project at HSGS/JH to improve air quality & efficiency.