Below is a letter from Wilmington School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand:
Dear Community Members,
The Wilmington Public Schools expects to receive approximately $800,000 as part of a one-time grant program which is part of the nationwide “American Rescue Plan Act” (ARP). These funds, known as Elementary & Secondary School Relief Fund or ESSER III, are intended to be one-time funds to help safely reopen schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students.
As a part of the requirements of accessing these funds, districts are required to gather input from stakeholders to assist in the development of priorities for our safe return to in-person instruction. As per the guidelines surrounding the ESSER III grant, ‘stakeholder’ groups include, but are not limited to: students; families; educators and school staff; school and district administrators; stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities; English learners; children experiencing homelessness; children in foster care and other underserved students.
We ask that you take a few moments and complete this short survey by midnight on Sunday, July 18, 2021. https://forms.gle/LA36Qa4N1queydfb8
The results from this survey will inform our planning and we will share our plans for how these federal funds will be used as soon as possible during the upcoming weeks. Please know we truly value your input as we prepare to use this funding for the maximum benefit of our students going forward.
For more information about the federal funding, please review the USDE fact sheet at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/03/FINAL_ARP-ESSER-FACT-SHEET.pdf.
Thank you in advance,
Glenn Brand, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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