Cascade Submits Proposal for Year One of ESSER III Funding

Cascade Submits Proposal for Year One of ESSER III Funding

The Cascade School District has submitted its proposal for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Three (ESSER III) funding.

Over the next three years, Cascade will receive $4 million in funding from the ESSER program. The district has allocated $1,075,000 for year one. This first portion of funds will be used for the following:

  • Extended hours for tutoring and after-school academic support
  • Extended hours for summer enrichment/academic support
  • Additional counseling and mentoring services for the most at-risk populations
  • Transportation for after-school and summer programs
  • Resources and materials for outdoor learning spaces at the elementary level
  • Resources for community liaison and quarterly newsletters
  • Staff mental health support and COVID related sick bank allowance
  • District-wide experiential and CTE learning modules and opportunities
  • Additional Chromebooks and "hotspots" for the most at-risk students
  • Supplemental reading materials for K-5 special education

This proposal was a collaborative effort between administrators, teachers, staff and the associations. The district can begin spending the ESSER III funds immediately.

The ESSER III funds are a part of the federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The law stipulates that the money from the ESSER III funds must be spent in one of five categories.

  1. Empowering, Adaptable Instruction: Funds can be used to provide students with an empowering curriculum that is motivating, appropriately challenging and honors their identity and lived experience.
  2. Time & Attention: Funds can be used to engage students in learning that meets their strengths and distinct needs. Districts and schools need to explore new ways to expand and vary the time and individualized attention they receive inside and outside of school hours.
  3. Conditions for Teachers: Funds can be used to prioritize ways to make teaching jobs and roles more rewarding, collaborative, and sustainable while also tending to teacher mental health and well-being.
  4. Relationships & Mental Health Support: Funds can be used to develop structures and enact policies and practices that cultivate positive, supportive relationships, and provide for staff and students’ mental and emotional health needs.
  5. Family & Community Partnerships: Funds can be used to engage families as partners and leverage the local community to increase academic, health, mental health and emotional support for students.

A graphic with Cascade's ESSER proposal