The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is a federal formula grant managed by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). Non-recurring, emergency aid subgrants are being allocated by the AOE to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) by formula based on Title I, Part A allocations. The Harwood Unified Union School District is one of those LEAs. Funds are broken down into three parts: ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III. These grants are considered one-time funds.
Title I, Part A is a Consolidated Federal Program with the purpose of providing all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. HUUSD receives Title I funding each year.
This U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet further describes ESSER funds and the difference between each type.
In the spring of 2021, HUUSD Administrators, with input from stakeholders, drafted the HUUSD Recovery Plan through careful consideration of the:
HUUSD is in the planning phase for ESSER III. Federal regulations require HUUSD to invite public comment and input into the decision making process for using ESSER III funds. The US Department of Education requires Local Education Agencies to complete meaningful consultation and provide evidence public input was incorporated into the plan. Next, the plan must be approved at the state level and then shared with the public. More information will be available in the coming weeks.