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ESSER Grants, Reopening Plan & Recovery Plan​

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.

Funding Source






Received, invested; and fully approved by the Agency of Education

Coronavirus Aid Relief Economic Security Act (CARE’S Act)



Received, partially invested (6/7/2021)

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021(CRRSA)



*Partially received in our grant system but not accessible. Not invested. This grant is currently in phase 1 of the application process and will not be in Phase 2 until August 2021.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) 


*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.

Fall 2021 Opening of School: Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union plans to follow the most recent, updated guidance coming from the Agency of Education and will continue to update this area of our website with information relevant to the opening of school for Fall of 2021. At this point in time the most recent guidance available is titled Instructional Operations for Fall 2021. This guidance indicates it is likely we will no longer be in a state of emergency in the Fall of 2021 and that the State will return to the normal regulatory framework for operating schools.

Should we find ourselves back in a state of emergency caused by the pandemic, schools will utilize their Fall 2020 Plans along with any updated guidance from the Agency of Education to make decisions necessary to maintain instructional operations and a safe learning environment.

As of June 7, 2021, this is the most recent guidance for the opening of schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

Fall 2020 Re-opening Plans

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. See the most recent Agency of Education Safe & Healthy Year Plan for more details.

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; lisa.mattison@grcsu.org. 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