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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United State Department of Education (USDE) released three grants for school districts to apply for through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) known as CARES ESSER I; CRRSA ESSER II; and ARP ESSER III. Dickinson ISD applied for and received the CARES ESSER I; ARP ESSER III grant and is in the application process for the CRRSA ESSER II grant.
ESSER III requires that each district receiving these funds create a Use of Funds Plan and a Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. Click the links below to access our plans.
Use of Funds Plan
Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
ESSER III and RSSP board presentation from the July 12 Board Meeting:
Dickinson ISD Actions:
ARP, ESSER III Grant Application Notice
DICKINSON ISD NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE 2020-2023 AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN (ARP) ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF (ESSER) FEDERAL GRANT
The Dickinson Independent School district is providing public notice to the community and stakeholders of its intent to submit an application for the 2020-2023 ARP ESSER III Federal Grant.
The intent and purpose of ARP ESSER III funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students.
Dickinson ISD is soliciting input from stakeholders for the development of the Uses of Funds Plan for ARP, ESSER III funds. Please email Kathy Behrendsen at email@example.com by Friday, June 11, 2021 to share suggestions or comments. Upon completion, the district will maintain a copy of the grant application on file for stakeholder review.
Texas Education Agency-ESSER Grant Programs
Texas Education Agency-ARP ESSER III Grant Program
United States Department of Education - ARP ESSER
Texas Education Agency FAQ Website
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on the ESSER III funds?
For more information, visit the Texas Education Agency FAQ Website
What is the purpose of the ARP ESSER III funds?
The intent and purpose of ARP of 2021, ESSER III funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students.
Are the ESSER III funds required to be used for specific purposes?
Yes, LEAs must expend a minimum of 20 percent of their grant funds on:
Are there recommended uses of ESSER III funds that will assist LEAs in addressing the impact of the COVID pandemic and disruptions leading to learning loss? (TEA FAQ AU-Q3)
While keeping in mind the purpose and requirements under ESSER III related to accelerating student learning, TEA strongly encourages school systems to plan for how to use these one-time federal funds expeditiously over the entire covered period to facilitate a more comprehensive long-term approach to learning acceleration. This may include aligned strategies that are currently part of a district’s current plans and strategies. A qualitative review of draft local learning acceleration plans revealed the following trends and suggestions, including but not limited to:
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