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Madison Metropolitan School District

ESSER

Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Relief

While faced with an unprecedented global pandemic in March 2020, school districts around the country had to make difficult decisions on how to support students' academics, health and safety with limited resources and limited guidance. In order to aid in that response, the federal government provided several different rounds of funding to support schools. Each of these efforts provided different funding amounts, guidelines for funding, and timeline for funding.

DPI Summary on Funding

How Will MMSD Use These Funds in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 School Years?

Funds are intended to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students. Funds are generally designated in one of the following categories:

  • Addressing long-term school closure (limited term staff to support learning loss; instructional software)

  • Outreach and services for special populations (Professional development for staff serving English learners; addressing needs of students with disabilities)

  • Mental health services and supports (Additional school based mental health supports; suicide prevention and mental health services)

  • Preparedness and response (PPE; sanitation supplies; COVID-19 testing; improving indoor air quality; social distancing)

  • Education technology (Devices; software for remote instruction; cybersecurity)

  • Preparedness and Response to COVID-19

Majority of our buildings operate Mechanical equipment which has exceeded useful life; Mechanical equipment is predominantly low efficiency natural gas steam boilers. As a part of our renewable energy plans targeted for 2040, we would like to design and build new HVAC systems for Sherman, Shabazz & Anana Elem School. These three schools were rated amongst the worst in the district. 

Amount: $15,000,000
Board approval: pending

  • ESSER III
  • Outreach and Services for Special Populations

Extended employment for staff translators.

Amount: $80,000
Board approval: pending

  • ESSER III
  • Outreach and Services for Special Populations

Contract to outsource the language proficiency screening needed in order to hire qualified bilingual candidates. 

Amount: $50,000
Board approval: pending

  • ESSER III
  • Outreach and Services for Special Populations

Supplemental curriculum to support English Learners in the teaching of English Language Development (ELD). 

Amount: $500,000 
Board approval: pending

  • ESSER III
  • Outreach and Services for Special Populations

Engage in a mentoring program for Madison middle and high school. Provide support, advice, and love using group mentoring services in the areas of self-esteem, academic achievement, professional excellence, service, family engagement and personal development.


Amount: $120,000 
Board approval: pending

  • ESSER III
  • Outreach and Services for Special Populations

Contract with an external organization to facilitate the hiring of native Spanish teachers from abroad. 

Amount: $75,000
Board approval: pending

  • ESSER III
Students and teacher in the classroom
Masked students in a school hallway
Masked East HS teacher engaging masked students during lesson

MMSD received the following sources of funding for COVID-19 relief:

ESSER I

  • Funding ends 9/30/2022
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
  • Grant Amount: $5,264,492

ESSER II

  • Funding ends 9/30/2023
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
  • Grant Amount: $18,922,920

GEER

  • Funding ends 9/30/2022
  • Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
  • Grant Amount: $3,890,143

ESSER III

  • Funding ends 9/30/2024
  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
  • Grant Amount: $42,527,774
  • Minimum 20% must be used to implement evidence-based interventions for learning loss

Dane County

  • Funding ends 12/31/2022
  • Dane County ESSER funds for Mental Health
  • Grant Amount: $464,986

ARP-HCY

  • Funding ends 9/30/2024
  • American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY)
  • Grant Amount: $337,241 (expected)

How Has MMSD Used These Funds in the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Years?