The American Rescue Plan Act, passed on March 11, 2021, provided $122.7 billion in supplemental ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, known as the ESSER III Fund. Dripping Springs ISD will receive $2,425,105 to address students’ needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, expected in two allocations. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) – school districts – must expend a minimum of 20 percent of their grant funds on evidence-based interventions (summer learning, after-school programs, or extended-school year programs); interventions that respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs; and interventions that address disproportionate impact of coronavirus on certain students’ populations.
The district is seeking public input to help identify meaningful ways to use those funds to support students heading into the 2021-22 school year. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 9, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the DSISD Administration Building (510 W. Mercer St.) to share information and collect feedback. School districts must submit a plan for the expenditure of ESSER III grant funds and an estimated timeline of the planned expenditures. The DSISD ESSER III plan will contemplate suggestions from the community in the public meeting and will be finalized later this month.