• The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. ARP/ESSER III funds intend to speed up the United States' recovery from the ongoing economic recession and COVID-19 pandemic health effects. These funds allow for continued implementation of strategies to reopen and keep open schools safely and to address the impacts of teaching and learning disruptions. The ARP Act requires districts to spend a minimum of 20% of total ARP/ESSER III funds on learning loss.

    Total Allocation - $10,558,161

    Grant Award Period – March 24, 2021 – September 30, 2023

    Use of Funds Category

    Use of Funds Description

    Distance Learning/Instruction Virtual school staffing, software, and electronic resources $1,008,104
    Supplemental Learning Summer school staffing, ESOL support, mentor program, tutoring, and graduation coaching $683,566
    Continuity of Core Staffing and Services Maintain staffing for 50 teaching positions $4,500,000
    Mental health Nursing services staffing, counselor, school psychologist $171,135
    School Meals Salaries to maintain and retain current staffing levels $500,000

    The initial budget allocation of $6,862,805 (65%) and the district ARP/ESSER III Plan was approved in July 2021 by the Georgia Department of Education. Final ARP/ESSER III allocations were approved by the Georgia State Board of Education on August 26, 2021. The use of funds and program planning is currently underway in Fayette County Public Schools for the final allocation of $3,695,356. Equitable services for non-public school students were not a requirement under the ARP Act.

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