Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds can be used to benefit all students and schools
Oct 10, 2022
The federal government has provided school districts across the nation with Emergency Relief funds to assist schools with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds can be used to benefit all students and schools or be targeted to select students and schools, depending on local needs. A school district may use relief funds to stabilize and support the educator workforce and support the conditions that will allow schools to re-open and continue in-person instruction. In addition, Emergency Relief funds can be used to assist students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Relief funds are essentially a grant that are based on a reimbursement model. The West Valley School District did not receive a blanket influx of dollars into the District’s General Fund. To simplify, the District has to have the money in the bank, spend it, and then will get reimbursed for the use of the funds at a later date.
WVSD is only reimbursed for allowable expenses under the regulations set forth for the use of relief funds. The request goes through a federal grant claims verification process before the funds are reimbursed to the District. It is not an open checkbook. The District has specific and stringent guidelines on when and how these relief funds can be used.
The relief funds are federal, one-time dollars that will be a significant part of the District’s annual, external financial audit and review process. These funds are available for use until November of 2024 and the West Valley School District recognizes the importance of monitoring these funds over the next two years for unanticipated COVID-related impacts.
The West Valley School District has appropriated the federal emergency relief funds to stabilize and support the educator workforce and to support the conditions that allowed schools to return and continue in-person instruction. In addition, funds have been used to provide instruction and academic interventions for students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The relief funds in West Valley have been used for the following: additional nurses, instructional paraeducators to support academic intervention, substitute staff due to extended COVID-related leaves, certificated staff for academic intervention, safety and health monitors, summer school costs, technology (Chromebooks and mobile Hot Spots), and COVID-19 response supplies including masks, sanitizer, personal protective equipment, and other safety precautions for all departments.
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