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Shaler Area ESSER Funding

WHAT IS IT, HOW DOES IT WORK, AND WHO DOES IT HELP?
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) is a federal stimulus program of the American Rescue Plan that helps public schools pay for extra support for students, teachers, and health-related building improvements during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects and purchases support our district families with programs that help close the remote learning gap, provide our teachers with new skills and resources, and ensure that our facilities and vehicles are cleaner and healthier than ever!

ESSER funds are held at the state level in finite amounts. School districts can request to use their allocated ESSER funds for specific projects. ESSER funds have been made available in three stages — ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III. The program began in 2020 and requires ESSER III to be expended by September 2024. 

ESSER funding comes with strict rules and regulations about use of funds. It is intended to supplement district resources and in particular add short-term support for very specific needs.

Funds Received

HOW MUCH FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING HAS SHALER AREA RECEIVED?
PCCD I$292,199
PCCD II$114,545
ESSER I$460,242
ESSER II$2,060,820
ESSER III$4,165,478
ESSER III adds
$350,995


Total Shaler Area Federal Stimulus Funding:$7.4 million

The final stage of ESSER III funds must be expended by September 2024.

ESSER Projects

  1. WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS CAN ESSER FUNDING BE USED FOR?
  • Facility Improvements
  • Student Enrichment
  • Professional Development
  • Remote Learning Loss Programs
  • Strides in Technology
ESSER funds are expected to be used for improvement projects with one-time costs or impact programs with planned end dates, but not for ongoing district operational expenses (athletics, food supplies, payroll, etc.)


HOW HAVE OUR ESSER FUNDS BEEN USED SO FAR?
classroom graphic with ESSER fund projects illustrated

Improved HVAC
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Support for District Families
New School Furnishings
Summer Programs
Supporting English Language Learners
1:1 Technology
Projectors
Learning Loss Mitigation
Professional Development



CategoryPlanSpent/EncumburedRemaining
Learning Loss/Instruction
$850,000
($292,378)
$557,622
ESY/Summer Programs
$346,283
($189,257)$157,026
Social Worker$210,000($29,000)$181,000
Behavior Specialists Services
$150,000
($55,528)$94,472
1:1 and other Technology
$3,300,996
(1,974,560)$1,326,436
Professional Development
$220,000
($100,951)$119,049
Projectors$940,000
($940,000)

HVAC
$850,000
($825,900)
$24,100
PPE Mitigation
$577,000
($282,153)
$294,847
TOTAL
$7,444,279
($4,689,727)
$2,754,552
                   Last updated April 2023

Although some programs like learning loss mitigation and 1:1 technologies have begun with ESSER funds, Shaler Area will need to find additional funding sources so these programs can continue even after ESSER funding ends. 

ESSER

With more than $190 billion in total ESSER funding available nationwide, ESSER is the largest federal funding program for K-12 in U.S. history.

ESSER at SASD

ESSER empowers Shaler Area to invest in short-term improvements that will have a positive long-term impact on our students, staff, and facilities.

Funds Received
Plan Submissions
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard     Glenshaw, PA. 15116     P 412-492-1200     F 412-492-1236
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard Glenshaw, PA. 15116 P 412-492-1200 F 412-492-1236
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