District seeks input on COVID relief funding

Duanesburg district leaders are seeking input on a plan to apply COVID relief funding that is available to schools over the next three years.

The funds are intended to provide districts with short-term resources to assist in recovering from the effects of the pandemic on the educational process.

Duanesburg CSD is slated to receive $1,465,717 through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER).

Districts are required to prioritize spending on non-recurring expenses in the following areas:

  • Safely returning students to in-person instruction; 
  • Maximizing in-person instruction time;
  • Operating schools and meeting the needs of students;
  • Purchasing educational  technology;
  • Addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, including the impacts of interrupted instruction and so-called “learning loss” and the impacts on low-income students, children with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness;
  • Implementing evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs;
  • Offering evidence-based summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; and
  • Supporting early childhood education.

If you have difficulty accessing the plan, please email Superintendent James Niedermeier.

View a presentation by Supt. Niedermeier on the district’s plan

Provide feedback via online survey

An online survey is available for community members to share their input on how to prioritize these non-recurring funds to support student learning, and to address impacts that the pandemic has had on students, faculty and staff. The survey is open until June 30, 2021.

Please complete the survey.

A finalized plan for applying COVID relief funds will be available on the district’s website by July 1, 2021.