Published October 2021

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARC) was signed into law. The US Department of Education is providing an additional $122 Billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) for providing local educational agencies with emergency relief funds to address the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had and continues to have on elementary and secondary schools.

Here are the allocations for Fairfield USD #310:

ESSER 1 - $63,212

ESSER 2 - $257,962

ESSER 3 - $579,754

  • Fairfield USD #310 must spend at least 20% ($11,595.80) of the ESSER 3 allocation to address learning loss.

  • Funds will be allocated to address the academic impact of lost instructional time using evidence-based interventions.

  • Funds will be used for interventions that respond to and address the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students

Fifteen allowable uses of ESSER III funds

  1. Any activities authorized under ESSA: IDEA, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and Perkins Act

  2. Coordinate emergency response

  3. Address needs of highly vulnerable populations

  4. Ensure preparedness and coordination (systems and procedures)

  5. Training related to infectious disease

  6. Purchasing cleaning supplies to sanitize and clean schools

  7. Planning/coordinating for continued education

  8. Purchase educational technology

  9. Mental health support

  10. Summer learning

  11. Learning loss

  12. Facilities repairs and improvements

  13. Improving indoor air quality

  14. Developing strategies and implementing public health protocol

  15. Other activities necessary for maintaining services and instruction

The next step for the District is to develop a budget for ESSER III funds through meaningful consultation and engagement with district stakeholders. Please assist us in determining the best use of these funds to maximize the educational experience for our students by responding to the survey provided below:

ESSER Survey