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Share what matters to you - ESSER III funding

Dear MMSD Community,

Hearing and listening to the voices of our school community makes us stronger, and allows us an opportunity to co-create. We have an opportunity where we need your input. MMSD is expected to receive $42.4 million dollars in one-time ESSER III funding to support learning, mental health, and other COVID-19 related areas. Please complete this form now and provide feedback on what matters to you.

Between March 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills under the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund (ESSER or ESSERF) to help schools address the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19. These funds have restricted uses, which means schools can only use them for certain purposes. For more information on ESSER III, please visit our website.

School districts must use at least 20% of these funds to implement evidence-based interventions, activities, or strategies to address learning loss. Examples of this include summer learning or summer enrichment programs, extended day or extended school year programs, or comprehensive after school programs. Since these are one-time funds, schools aren’t able to use ESSER III to pay for ongoing costs, such as utility bills or staff wages.

You may remember, when MMSD received ESSER II funds last year, we launched the Big Ideas Campaign. With ESSER III, we are again looking for your input on how these funds are used. Thank you for your continued collaboration and support.


Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Madison Metropolitan School District