In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided nearly $190.5 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. ESSER I, II, and III grant funds are all slightly different from one another and are designed to help schools respond to, and recover from, the COVID-19 pandemic. The ESSER Fund provides assistance to schools for applicable and approved needs occurring between March 2020 and September 2024.
Irvington Community Schools has successfully received a funding allocation for all three grant cycles. ESSER I funds were received early in the pandemic during the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Funding from the ESSER I grant allowed for applicable and approved expenditures related to cleaning, sanitizing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) materials. The second round, ESSER II, was received during the spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year and allowed ICS to focus on staff expansion to directly address and respond to predicted unique student needs during the 2021-2022 school year.
ESSER III is the funding allocation of the three and was approved in early June 2021. This specific funding allocation gives ICS the opportunity to address a wider range of student supports including staffing of the ICS Virtual Tutoring Program; new math and science curriculum and textbooks; ELL Instructional Assistants; SPED Instructional Assistant; teacher professional development tools; general technology needs; and new family support programs including the new ICS Clothing Closet. For more specific details on the ESSER III grant fund allocation, please click on the link below.