The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020.
Grand Forks Public Schools is eligible to receive $8,235,471.
School and district administration at Grand Forks Public Schools created an initial list of funding proposals to close the learning gap. Several guidelines were provided: (1) interventions must respond to students’ academic, social-emotion, and/or mental health-related skill gaps; (2) address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups; (3) are able to be implemented, monitored, and assessed during the timeframe; (4) adhere to Appendix B - LEA Use of Funds.
School leadership and district department leaders provided a variety of concepts to consider, which included expanding summer school; adding school year academic and social-emotional extensions and supports; providing additional building-level supports; increasing mental health supports and services; enhancing technology; and facility projects to improve air quality and reduce the potential transmission of viruses and bacteria.
The 7-member district administrative cabinet reviewed the concepts. An electronic survey was then created to garner feedback regarding proposed concepts to be funded using ESSER II and III allocations. The survey was distributed on Friday, June 18 and closed at 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 22. The survey was sent to all Grand Forks Public Schools employees, parents/guardians, students in 6th-11th grades (as of the 2020-2021 school year), and community members.
A total of 859 surveys were submitted. Results were tabulated and shared within the ESSER II application, which was approved by the Grand Forks School Board on June 28, 2021. Please click here to view the application.