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Streator Township

High School

ESSER III Use of Funds

Use of ESSER III Funds

Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which became law in March 2021, school districts around the country will receive funding to address the impact of COVID-19 on students' academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. This funding is known as "ESSER III."

"ESSER" is short for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. ESSER III receives its numerical designation from the fact that the ARP ESSER Fund is the third set of COVID-related federal relief grants for schools that Congress has passed since the pandemic began.

ESSER I and ESSER II were established respectively by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act in December 2020.

How Much Money Will ESSER III Provide?

ESSER III will provide nearly $122 billion to state educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.

 Streator High School District 40 is expected to receive $2,429,359 in ESSER III funds.

How Will Streator High School District 40 Use Its ESSER III Funds?

The District plans to use its ESSER III grant money in the following major areas:
  • Academic Supports
  • Capital Improvements
  • Social Emotional Supports
Academic Supports
  • Hire summer school credit recovery teachers to provide summer school instruction in English, Math, Science and Social Studies for students that have failed classes or behind in credits due to loss of learning.
  • Hire 2 English and 2 Math teachers to support remedial learning for students to close the learning gap due to loss of learning.
  • Purchase supplies and materials to shrink the digital divide.
  • Provide credit recovery before school to support students in making up credits due to learning loss.
  • Hire a Vocational Education Teacher and supplies to add classes to promote additional vocational education interest and assist in social distancing.
Capital Improvements
  • Repairing and improving facilities to reduce the risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards.  
  • Repair and upgrade projects to improve air quality.  HVAC systems to meet code and reduce risk of virus transmission and health hazards.
Social Emotional Supports
  • Provide social emotional professional development to the staff.