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 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.
As part of the ARP application process, school district’s must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input into the development of their plans. To that end, the BUFSD is asking all community members to participate in a brief survey.
The survey lists evidence-based activities and interventions that have been approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to address the following three ARP state reserve areas:
- activities to address the academic impact of lost instructional time
- the implementation of evidence-based summer enrichment programs
- the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive after-school programs
By taking the survey, you will have an opportunity to rate the evidence-based activities and interventions that you feel are most important to the success of our students, and, you will be able to offer new ideas for utilizing funds.