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ESSER III ARP Public Notice


Use of Funds Plan:

The ESSER III grant funds will be used to support teachers, provide rigorous instructional materials, create more time for learning, and to empower parents.

ESSER III funds will be used over the course of 3 years to include the summer of 2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024.

Feedback from the District Survey and Community meeting held on June 7, 2021, guided the use of funds on the grant application.

ESSER III funds will be used to enrich and meet the needs of all student populations. Funds will also be used to develop and implement systems to improve preparedness and response efforts of the district including but not limited to closures of the district. Technology (hardware, software, and even connectivity) for students will be purchased so that all students will have access to educational technology and online learning as needed.

Summer acceleration and enrichment camps will be offered to all students, as well as afterschool enrichment programs on designated campuses. Student social and mental health will be addressed throughout the school year on each campus by our school counselors, nurses certified teachers, and through partnerships with outside mental health organizations.

$210,200.00 has been set aside to address learning loss through afterschool and summer school programs over the next 3 years. All student groups and special populations will be included in these programs.

Student growth and success will be monitored using research-based assessments given during the school year and summer program.

Navarro ISD will create a partnership between the school and home. The district wants to empower parents at home by equipping them with TEKS and assessment knowledge. We believe that parents play a vital role in helping the district enrich and accelerate all students. Parents and community members alike will be encouraged to partner with a district campus to improve involvement and to grow our volunteer programs.

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  • Access the survey online, open from June 2-7, 2021.

    The Navarro Independent School District (ISD) is applying for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) Federal grant for funding. These federal funds were appropriated to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for public education purposes under the ARP Act through the ESSER III Fund.

    ARP ESER III Overview: The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, was enacted on March 11, 2021. The ARP Act provides additional funding for school districts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Education portion of ARP is known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III or ARP ESSER) Fund.

    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: The purpose of the ARP ESSER III fund is to address learning loss and support the safe reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. ARP ESSER III grant funds were issued for one-time or short-term types of expenditures to address the identified needs caused by the pandemic. Although long-term uses of the ARP ESSER III funds are also allowable, Navarro ISD makes no assumptions that the state will provide replacement funds for ARP ESSER III in future years.

    Navarro ISD Tentative Plan For ARP ESSER III Funding:

    Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the District 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

    Public Notification and Comments: Your input and comments are requested to help Navarro ISD determine how to prioritize spending on the ARP ESSER III funds. Access the survey online, open from June 2-7, 2021. Navarro ISD’s final plan will reflect student and staff needs and incorporate public input and comments.

    Thank You,

    Wendi Russell

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