• The second ESSER grant, which was funded by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act on December 27, 2020. 

    Through ESSER II, a total of $54.3 billion was added to the ESSER fund by the U.S. Department of Education to state educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), including school districts, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

    WCSD's allocation of ESSER II funding is $34,386,079, with a spending deadline of September 30, 2023.  The Board of Trustees approved the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II) under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Act for $34,386,079 on May 25, 2021.

    WCSD ESSER II funding supports activities to address the unique needs of students particularly impacted by COVID-19 with a focus on accelerated learning and student well-being. 

    View WCSD's ESSER II funding fact sheet.

ESSER II Spending Categories

  • Note: Student instruction provides services directly to students to address academic recovery. Teacher support provides services directly to teachers. Student well-being provides services directly to students to address social, emotional, and mental support. Family support provides services directly to families. District support provides services district-wide in support of funding goals. Other support provides services to charter schools and other mandatory costs. 

Student Learning $18.56M

    • Building Learning Facilitators (BLFs) - Provide interventions in ELA and math and teacher coaching in best practice interventions
    • English Learner instructional supports
    • Intervention Instruction and tutoring
    • Laptop carts
    • Middle School Orientation - Prepared 5th graders for first year in middle school.
    • PreK teachers and aides
    • RALLY Program - Provides additional staff to MS and HS to address academic recovery
    • Summer School K-12
    • 21st Century Afterschool Programming
    • Teachers for classrooms
    • Web-based intervention programs - DreamBox, Reading A to Z, and Lexia for K-8

Teacher Support $11.18M

    • Teacher SupportAlternative Route To Licensure – Supports teachers entering field with non-teaching degrees
    • Building Learning Facilitator Coordinator - Trains site-based BLFs
    • Consulting Teacher - Supports first year teachers
    • Leadership Pathway Project - Provides leadership training and development for master teachers to become elementary school principals
    • Master Lead Teachers – Supports veteran teachers to become mentor teachers to new teachers
    • SPED Records
    • 21st Century Learning Specialists – Trains staff on use of technology and 21st Century learning skills
    • Teacher training for new or revitalized schools
    • COVID-19 Differential Pay - To address the needs of extra duties performed during COVID-19 (all staff)
    • Incentives for Critical Labor Shortages - To address critical labor shortages in education

Student Well-Being $1.18M

    • Crisis Counselor – To assist students in times of crisis
    • RALLY Program - Provides additional staff to middle and high schools

Family Support $657K

    • Attendance Officers and Re-engagement Specialist - Support students who are chronically absent or have vanished from school
    • Children In Transition Liaisons - Provides support to homeless students
    • Family Resource Center Specialist – Supports families and students
    • IT Family Tech Support – Supports students and families with use of technology


District Support $1.18M

    • Grant Support - Provides grant program, fiscal, and evaluation support

Other Support $1.61M

    • District Sponsored Charter Schools
    • Indirect Costs