February 28, 2022
Dripping Springs ISD is seeking community feedback from stakeholders on the use of funds from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant Programs, specifically ESSER III and ESSER Supplemental funds. ESSER funds provide additional resources to school districts for unreimbursed costs due to the coronavirus pandemic and for intensive educational supports for learning loss.
Dripping Springs ISD has met the criteria to receive the funds and was allocated 2.4 million dollars in ESSER III funds and 2.5 million dollars in ESSER Supplemental funds to be used by 2024. As required in the grant, school districts must expend a minimum of 20 percent of the grant fund on evidence-based interventions; and, ensure interventions respond to students’ academic, social and emotional needs, and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on certain student populations.
DSISD is required to review and revise, as applicable, its plan every six months—including receiving stakeholder input. In an effort to obtain parent and community feedback, the district has developed a Community Survey. Community members are encouraged to share their input and opinions about how they would like the District to use these funds. The survey will be open to the public until Monday, March 14, 2022.
Community feedback will be reviewed and considered as the district creates and updates its plans. Community members are invited to learn more about the district’s use of ESSER funds through this page on the district’s website. Citizens can learn more about the ESSER program here on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.