Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)Data show the pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning. To help combat the impact of the pandemic, the following Acts have been developed to allocate Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to school districts across the nation:
ESSER I and ESSER II were both supplanted by the State (i.e., Texas reduced state funding [Foundation School Program / FSP] to districts), so that what districts received from FSP + ESSER equaled what we would have received in FSP funding had we not been impacted by COVID-19.ESSER III is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. This allotment was passed on from the state to school districts.
- March 2020: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) - ESSER I
- December 2020: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA Act) - ESSER II
- March 2021: American Resue Plan (ARP Act) - ESSER III
- ESSER III provides resources for critical one-time investments; time-limited programming to respond to the pandemic; and innovation that can redefine student learning, acceleration, and development to address learning loss and mental health needs.
Humble ISD has been allocated $34,955,428 in ESSER III funding and is applying to the Texas Education Agency to access the funds.
We apply first for the first 2/3s of funding ($23,303,619 - July 2021), and later the Texas Education Agency will allow us to apply for the final 1/3 of funding ($11,651,809).
The supplemental funds can be used for allowable expenses occurring between March 13, 2020 (when the national emergency was declared) and September 30, 2023 (plus a one-year Tydings Amendment - September 30, 2024).
Districts will be required to follow all federal, state and local regulations and requirements for federal grant admininstration and fiscal spending of these funds.
We sought feedback from stakeholders when developing our Humble ISD - ESSER III:
(reviewed/revised as needed)
Regreso seguro al plan de instrucción en persona y continuidad de los servicios (Posted Sept. 15, 2021)
(reviewed/revised at least every 6 months)
(reviewed/revised as needed)
Stakeholder Input was received via surveys and public meetings:
- Humble ISD Board Finance Committee Meeting - May 6, 2021
- Student Advisory Committee Meeting - May 20, 2021
- District Decision Making Committee Public Meeting (e.g., teachers, parents, community members, business partners, etc.) - May 24, 2021
- Administrator and Public feedback - May - June 2021
- Humble ISD Budget Hearing - June 15, 2021
- School Board Public Meeting - July 20, 2021
Based on stakeholder feedback and an analysis of prioritized needs, Humble ISD's Use of Funds Plan focuses on:
- Mental Health Needs (students and staff)
- Staff Retention Stipends
- Virtual Learning (training and services)
- Learning Platforms and Curriculum
- Extended Learning Opportunities (Summer School, Extended Learning Camps)
- Systems to improve air quality and reduce the risk of infection (HVAC and ionization fans, Outdoor Eat/Learn/Play areas)