ESSER III Information

  • Data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning, both across the country and in Donna ISD.

    Donna ISD is launching a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to help determine how it should potentially spend additional federal dollars to address unfinished learning and COVID-19 recovery.

    The American Rescue Plan signed into law in March by President Joe Biden included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country, which is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. Donna ISD is applying for some of that additional funding and is slated to receive 75.6 million.

    See the 2021–2022 Learn and Lead Safely Plan, which will continue to be updated as needed based on updated recommendations.

    All parents, district employees, students, and community members are urged to complete a survey to help the district determine what to prioritize with the potential ESSER funds. School districts are limited on what they can use ESSER funds to support.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the purpose of the ARP ESSER III funds?

  • How much funding is available to Texas LEAs?

  • How will LEAs know their grant amounts?

  • What is the funding period for ARP ESSER III grants?

  • What are the federal requirements around the LEA ESSER III Use of Funds Plan?

  • Are the ESSER III funds required to be used for specific purposes?

  • Are there recommended uses of ESSER III funds that will assist LEAs in addressing the impact of the COVID pandemic and disruptions leading to learning loss?

  • Will the state provide replacement funds for ESSER after 2023?

  • What are some of the allowable uses of the ARP ESSER III funds?