Educational Stabilization Funding Introduction
On March 11, 2021, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). ARP makes available $122.8 billion nationally in a third round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. New York State has been allocated nearly $9 billion under the ARP Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language requiring local education agencies, such as school districts, that receive funding from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP ESSER), to post a plan by school year on their website of how these funds will be spent.
The Peru Central School District has been allocated $4,576,927 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds must be obligated by September 30, 2024, and fully liquidated by October 31, 2024.
A minimum of 20% of the base ARP allocation ($512,679) must be used to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as: summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive after-school programs, or extended school year programs. It must also ensure that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the student subgroups.
The federal ARP statute requires that States reserve ARP ESSER funds for three State-level reservations for evidence-based activities and interventions that respond to students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children and youth in foster care, and migratory students.
- Peru Central School District has been allocated $1,438.225 to carry out activities to address the academic impact of lost instructional time by supporting the implementation of evidence-based interventions.
- Peru Central School District has been allocated $287,653 to carry out the implementation of evidence-based summer enrichment programs.
- Peru Central School District has been allocated $287,653 to carry out the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive after-school programs.
In determining how to prioritize its funds, districts should consider how to use those funds to safely reopen schools for full-time instruction for all students, maintain safe in-person operations, advance educational equity, and build capacity.
In addition, districts must identify programs and services that will continue beyond the availability of these federal funds and how local funds will be used moving forward in order to minimize disruption to core academic and other school programs.
Peru Central School District’s ARP Funding Plans
The Peru Central School District is committed to our vision of preparing all students for success and empowering all students to be lifelong learners by providing a nurturing environment in which they are inspired to pursue their dreams and contribute to the global community. We intend to use American Rescue Plan funds to preserve existing programs and close the academic and social-emotional gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also prioritizing equity and sustainability of expenditures.
Per Central School District’s ARP ESSER and ARP ESSER State-Level Reserve plans and related documents are posted here.
These are multi-year plans and may be adjusted throughout the grant period based on the changing needs of our students and staff. Specific utilization or expenditures may change, but the major categories will remain the same.
Stakeholders may provide feedback via this link or by using the Let’s Talk feature on the District’s website.