Due to COVID-19, the number of students performing below grade level is likely to increase. The typical summer results in some learning loss. The school closures from March 2019 to the end of the 2019-2020 school added to this loss. Therefore, the federal stimulus Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) granted to schools through the American Rescue Plan Act provides funds to respond to the pandemic and to address student learning loss.

RMA’s total ESSER III allocation is $3,753,826. Two-thirds will be available immediately and one-third will be released later next school year. Twenty percent of the funds or $750,765 must be reserved and expended to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underreported student subgroups including each major racial and ethnic group, children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, gender, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.

Please assist RMA to develop our plan for the use of these funds by completing the brief, anonymous survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMAesser3

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