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Lake George CSD ARP-ESSR Funding Plan

School districts in New York State will receive funding in the 2021-22 enacted state budget from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to address learning loss and other items due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Q1: What do ARP, ESSER, and CRRSA stand for? 

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Funding 

On March 11, 2021, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. New York State was allocated nearly $9 billion under the ARP Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act) Funding 

An additional Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act provided New York State with just over $4 billion ESSER 2 Funds, with a minimum of $3.6 billion (90 percent) allocated to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). 

Q2: How can these funds be used? 

At least 20% of the funds are to be used to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as extended day or extended school year programs. The remainder of the funds may be used for other items including:

  • Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of LEAs with state and local agencies to improve responses to coronavirus
  • Training and professional development for staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases
  • Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities 
  • Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students, providing technology for online learning to all students, providing guidance for carrying out requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and ensuring other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements
  • Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment
  • Providing mental health services and supports 
  • School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs
  • Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and nonmechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement 
  • Developing strategies and implementing public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff

Q3. How Much Money Will Lake George Central School District Receive, and How Will It Use These Funds? 

Lake George CSD will receive a total of $1,701,452 in ARP/ESSER federal funds. 

The school principals will develop remediation plans for 20% of the funds ($235,504) in conjunction with each building’s Shared Decision Making committees. These plans will ensure that students’ academic, social, and emotional needs are addressed, with particular attention paid to COVID’s impact on economically disadvantaged students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care. 

The remainder of the funds ($1,465,948) will be used to improve HVAC systems in both buildings to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities and reduce the risk of virus transmission. The district is working with TetraTech Architects to design the project, which may include the repair/replacement of certain classroom units and roof top units. 

Q4. What is the timeline for using the federal dollars? 

The remediation plans are currently being developed. The district expects to implement the plan and utilize the funds over this year and the following two school years. 

The HVAC project is expected to take place during the summers of 2022 and 2023.