ESSER Grant Funding: Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union has and will receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). ESSER funds will be distributed in three allocations coming from three different Acts. The following table lists the amounts GRCSU will receive from each funding source.
*Meaningful Consultation: GRCSU must invite public comment and input into the decision making process for utilizing ARP ESSER (ESSER 3) funds. The US Department of Education requires LEAs to complete Meaningful Consultation and provide evidence public input was incorporated into the plan and the plan must be approved at the state level and then shared with the public.
What does ESSER stand for & what are these grants all about?
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is a federal formula grant managed by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). Non-recurring, emergency aid subgrants are being allocated by the AOE to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) by formula based on Title I, Part A allocations – Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union is one of those LEAs. Funds are broken down into three parts: ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III. These grants are considered one-time funds. This U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet further describes ESSER funds and the difference between each type.
Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union will develop a plan for the use of this money. Please see the Recovery Plan section below for more information.
Effective March 14, 2022, all COVID-19 advisory memos and recommendations are rescinded and superseded by general guidance for Vermonters from the Vermont Department of Health (see: Memo from Education Secretary French and Health Commissioner Levine). The GRCSU will continue to support safe and healthy operations through ongoing investment in air quality supplies and systems through ARP ESSER and other funding sources.
Please send any comments, questions or concerns regarding the GRCSU Reopening Plan to Lisa Mattison, Assistant Superintendent, 16 Evelyn Street, Rutland VT 05701; 802-775-4342 x2104; firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 -2022 Re-opening of School: Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union followed guidance from the VT Agency of Education and VT Department of Health in the reopening of schools this year and continued to update families and staff through emails and through our website with information relevant to the operations of school for the 2021-2022 school year.
Should we find ourselves back in a state of emergency caused by the pandemic, schools will utilize their Fall 2021 Plans along with any updated guidance from the Agency of Education or Department of Health to make decisions necessary to maintain instructional operations and a safe learning environment.
Fall 2020 Re-opening Plan: Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the GRCSU followed VT Agency Of Education and VT Department of Health guidance for all school re-opening & operational plans. We provided in-person instruction 4 days per week with remote instruction one day per week for all students. There was also a fully hybrid model allowing remote students to fully participate in daily instructional activities.
Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union conducted a review of student performance data for academics, social/emotional learning and behavior, as well as student engagement data including attendance and truancy. We also looked at data relevant to school climate and culture. We then used those ideas to draft a Plan. Please review the Needs Assessment and the Plan and send any comments or questions to Lisa Mattison, Assistant Superintendent, 16 Evelyn Street, Rutland VT 05701; 802-775-4342 x2104; email@example.com. Moving forward, we will continue to post revisions to this plan, opportunities for meaningful consultation and any additional updates or information about our Recovery Plan on this website.
Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union Needs Assessment & Recovery Plan
The following document is intended to summarize for the public, requirements related to how the Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union (GRCSU) intends to use its allocation of ARP ESSER funds. The public and stakeholder groups are invited to provide input on this plan at any time. Please send comments or questions to Lisa Mattison, Assistant Superintendent, 16 Evelyn Street, Rutland VT 05701; 802-775-4342 x2104; firstname.lastname@example.org. Moving forward, we will continue to post revisions to this plan, opportunities for meaningful consultation, and any additional updates or information about our Public Plan for ARP ESSER Spending on this website.
Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union Public Plan for ARP ESSER Spending