ESSER II Summary
ESSER II was granted through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, exactly nine months after the CARES Act that provided ESSER I. The School District of Lodi was awarded $508,000 under the ESSER II program. These funds were available to cover costs during the timeframe between March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2023, or a year longer than ESSER I was available.
Since this program was approved nine months into a pandemic that many thought would have been over already, the US Department of Education encouraged local schools to focus these funds “to take comprehensive action to mitigate learning loss, to restore and maintain high-quality learning environments, and to safely reopen elementary and secondary schools as soon as possible.” (WI DPI)
With the extended timeframe for the use of these funds, the School District of Lodi is preparing to utilize these funds for COVID-19 mitigation and support education to mitigate learning loss. Given the increased use of technology following the pandemic, a portion of these funds have been allocated towards educational technology such as Chromebooks to provide one-to-one devices Districtwide and technology support. In addition, to focus on learning loss, funds have also been allocated towards updating curriculum materials, staff support of English Language Learners, and staff training.
Continued need for COVID-19 mitigation strategies has also been budgeted into the ESSER II funding.
The chart below illustrates the areas of the School District Lodi has budgeted ESSER II funds.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about how the School District of Lodi is leveraging these one-time federal funds to meet the needs of our community.