D67 ESSER Grants
Lake Forest Elementary District 67
ESSER III Return to School Continuity Plan 2022-2023
ESSER 1, ESSER II, and ESSER III Grants
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Education has released three grants for which local education agencies can apply. These grants, known as ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III, were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) was signed into law. As part of ESSER III, the U.S. Department of Education allocated an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). Lake Forest Elementary District 67 was allotted a total of $708,959 in ESSER III (ARP) with a requirement that 20% of that amount be spent to address learning loss. Additionally, funds were allocated for state level reservations for learning loss, summer enrichment and after school activities in amounts of $1128, $226, and $226, respectively.
District 67 continues to provide full in-person learning for the 2022-2023 school year. We are excited to welcome all students back to school on August 24, 2022. Our Return to School Continuity Plan describes how D67 will provide the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools, including those that have already returned to in-person instruction. This report template complies with all reporting requirements of the ARP Act (Public Law 117-2), the ESSER III grant terms, conditions, and assurances (CFDA Number 84.425U, and the interim final rule established by the United States Department of Education, 86 FR 21195.
D67 provided the public the opportunity to provide input on the development of the plan and took such input into account when developing this plan at School Board meetings and our annual Timely Meaningful Consultation Meetings.
The District’s Return to School Plan is intended to be a living document that outlines efforts to support all students and evolves to meet the needs of those whose educational progress is most in jeopardy as a result of the negative impact of the pandemic.
The intent and purpose of ESSER III is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus on students.
District 67 will utilize ESSER III funds to address issues that have risen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ESSER III funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2024. The chart below provides an overview of how D67 will spend its remaining funds during the 2022-2023 school year.