ESSER III

  • The third and largest ESSER grant to date, which was funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act on March 11, 2021, ESSER III is also known as ARP ESSER. 

    Through ESSER III, the U.S. Department of Education provided an additional $122 billion to state educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), including school districts, with emergency relief funds to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.

    WCSD's allocation of ESSER III funding is $77,282,787, with a spending deadline of September 30, 2024. The Board of Trustees approved the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) grant application under the American Recovery Plan (ARP) Act for $77,282,787 on July 27, 2021.  The Board of Trustees approved the plan to spend the final one-third of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) in the amount of $25,798,620 on January 25, 2022

    As part of the funding requirements, all Nevada school districts were required to create a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan through a process that included engaging in meaningful consultation with community stakeholders.  Community stakeholder groups are composed of students, families, school and district administrators, civil rights organizations, and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved student populations, including local tribal councils. This group must be consulted at least once every six months for review and revision of the plan. 

    This funding supports a safe return to in-person instruction and sustain the safe operation of schools. Schools were able to select resources for learning recovery and student well-being, as well as supporting teacher professional development.  District-wide, WCSD is investing in monitoring of HVAC systems and equipment for deep cleaning of school buildings.  The section below categorizes WCSD's budgeted expenses for ESSER III funding.


ESSER III Spending Categories

  • Note: Items followed by this symbol Δ represent new programming in the most recent budget revision. Student learning provides services directly to students to address academic recovery. Student well-being provides services directly to students to address social, emotional, and mental support. Teacher support provides services directly to teachers. 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 $59.59M

Student Well-Being $2.42M

Teacher Support $6.41M

Family Support $1.21M

District Support $1.74M

Other Support $5.90M