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