ARPA Funding

What is ARPA

The American Rescue Plan (ARP)Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the United States recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. 
   

ARP ESSER funds will allow SEAs to take additional steps to safely reopen schools for in-person instruction and keep them open, and to address the disruptions to teaching and learning resulting from the pandemic. This includes using funds to enact appropriate measures to help schools to invest in mitigation strategies consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools to the greatest extent practicable; address the many impacts of COVID-19 on students, including from interrupted instruction; implement strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs; offer crucial summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; support early childhood education; invest in staff capacity; and avoid devastating layoffs at this critical moment, ensuring that all students have access to teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to support their needs.

ARP ESSER provides significant federal resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that, for some LEAs, comprise millions of dollars of emergency funding. The interim final rule requirement states that each LEA will develop a plan for the use of those funds. The developed plans ensure the ARP ESSER funds are being used consistent with statutory requirements and meet the needs of schools, students, and educators, in particular those students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

ESSER III Grant period ends September 30, 2023; Carryover ends September 30, 2024


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Alphabet Soup- Acronym Guide
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ESSER: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds

ESSER I (CARES Act): Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act

ESSER II (CRRSA Act): Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

ESSER III (ARPA): American Rescue Plan Act

GaDOE: Georgia Department of Education
            
LEA: Local Education Agency

SEA: State Education Agency

SEL: Social Emotional Learning 
 Alphabet Soup - Learning Game by Emrah Kavak


Return to School Plan

The DCSS Start of School Committee began meeting in June to plan for the upcoming school year. The committee revised the Learning by Design document to reflect new guidance and procedures. The Learning by Design document offers four classifications of COVID spread. As of July 9, 2021, Douglas County is classified as having Low/No Spread. Below is the four classifications used to build the Return to school Plan.




Click here for the updated 2021-2022 Return to School Plan.
Click here for the 2020-2021 Return to School Plan.



Use of Funds

DCSS announces plan to utilize ARP Funds to overcome Learning Loss and unfinished learning that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic and facility improvements to reduce the transmission of viruses. Also included in the plan is the 2021-2022 Return to School Plan. Our plan will be submitted to GaDOE for review and approval. Over the next three years the funds will be used to address our priorities and throughout the ARP Grant timeframe we will continue to monitor progress, and re-evaluate the plan as needed. If it is necessary to revise the current plan we will seek stakeholder input based on current system needs.

 

PRIORITIES

Learning Loss & Acceleration

Social Emotional Mental Health Wellbeing

Facility Improvements