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    ARP ESSER Plan

General Information (Pursuant to the Federal American Rescue Plan):

On March 11, 2021, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 was signed into law.  The ARP Act included financial resources  to assist schools in resuming safe in-person instruction and to address unfinished teaching and learning associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ARP Act requires each school district that receives ARP ESSER funds to develop and make publicly available on the school district’s website, no later than 30 days after receiving ARP ESSER funds, a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction, and continuity of services for all schools (“Return to School Plan”). A school district must periodically, but no less frequently than every six months through September 30, 2023, review and, as appropriate, revise its return to school plan.  The following tentative priority areas have been established for the use of resources through ARP ESSER: supplies and equipment for mitigation efforts, extended learning opportunities to address learning gaps (summer school); technology devices to assist in addressing learning loss, and indoor air quality (HVAC infrastructure).  Raymond Central Public Schools will keep information regarding ARP ESSER and its related plan posted on our District website.

Raymond Central Public Schools intends to use federal ARP ESSER resources in accordance with the established parameters to address student learning needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote health and safety for all who use its campus. The District intends to use ESSER III funds to purchase additional chrom books to establish a districtwide 1-to-1 initiative. Special education students and students who are English learners will receive additional instructional support to ensure that they have access to technology tools and that they have the skills needed to utilize the devices for the purpose of meeting their learning needs through a digital platform.  The District intends to use ESSER III funds to upgrade a portion of the HVAC system in the JH/HS building to create improved air exchange and minimize the risk of viral transmission such as COVID-19.  We will ensure that no student or teacher will be denied participation in classes or functions housed in these areas based on gender, race, national origin, disability or age.

 Below is a link for you to provide your feedback on the District’s plan for the use of ARP ESSER funds.



Use by Date

Allowable Uses







  • Technology
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Support Learning
  • Student Support


  • $500 Health Nurse Salary for Opening Planning
  • $40,909 Cleaning Supplies, Masks, Plastic Barriers, Sanitizing Lotion, Hot Spots for Remote Learners, Thermometers
  • Already 100% expended on staff salaries and benefits.





  • COVID-19 Response (Safety)
  • Support Continuity of Services
  • Indoor Air (HVAC)
  • Technology
  • HQ Instructional Materials
  • Professional Development
  • Learning Loss
  • Before/After School Programs
  • Reduce Class Size
  • Summer School
  • Support Services
  • Cleaning supplies


  • $20,000 for 2021 summer school
  • $137,000: High School HVAC Improvements to improve air quality.


  • Summer school expended by end of this fiscal year
  • HVAC will be expended by the end of this fiscal year.





  • Same as list above but add:
  • New Construction
  • Windows (if opening)
  • Required 20% set aside for learning loss (intervention)


  • $70,871: Purchase chromebooks which assist in preventing learning loss
  • $283,484: High School HVAC improvements.

  • Grant application due September 15, 2021.
  • Grant must be completed prior to funds being allocated.
  • Funds will be reimbursed to the district.
  • 20% must be used for learning loss through evidence-based interventions and maintenance of equity.
  • Solicit stakeholder feedback.  
  • We can’t reduce per-pupil spending through 2023.  
  • Many other requirements like re-doing “return to school” plans every six months through 2024, input, website postings, etc.