The Turlock Unified School District is expected to spend more than $ 28 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for campus security upgrades, COVID testing, and mental health support, among others.
In March of last year, Congress set aside about $ 13.2 billion of the $ 30.75 billion allocated to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security) for the Emergency Relief Fund for Elementary and Secondary Schools (ESSER Fund). ESSER Relief Funds are funds given to school districts to help resolve issues related to COVID-19.
After speaking with teachers, students and faculty where funds would be needed most, Turlock Unified School District is prioritizing specific areas with its three-year ESSER III plan.
“He does a great job of providing educational services to our students. It means a lot that we can offer educational programs, ”said Jose Sanchez, board member.
TUSD will receive $ 28,257,886 in ESSER III funds. The district is seeking to use $ 7,304,153 for ongoing and safe in-person learning. Some things that fall under this plan are: shade structures, elementary campus supervisors, guards, COVID response staff, water fountains, window / door replacement, school bus cameras, Osborn School renovation and COVID testing.
Over $ 12.8 million will be used to address the impact of lost teaching time. Some ways to achieve this will be to invest in summer school, independent studies, mathematics intervention teachers, reading intervention teachers, EL paraprofessionals, Edgenuity, curriculum, materials, duplication and paper education.
Finally, the remaining $ 8 million and more will be used for mental health support, elementary counselors, community liaison, certified replacements, human resources technicians, security upgrades, microphones, touch screens. and IT disaster recovery sites.
School districts apply for funds from the Department of Education and they must use at least 90% of ESSER Fund grants to sub-grants to school districts.