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COVID-Relief Spending Update: December 2023

Alexandra KincaidNews

Over the last few years, the Dayton Public School District has received COVID-relief funds from the federal government. These funds, often referred to as “ESSER” funds (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) or “ARP” funds (American Rescue Plan), have been used to keep students and staff safe during the pandemic, and to help students catch up academically after a period of disrupted learning in 2020 and 2021. There were several rounds of funding for K12 schools, denoted by ESSER I, II or III.

To keep the community informed about the district’s ongoing use of COVID-relief funds, regular reports will be shared on the district’s website throughout the lifetime of the funds. ESSER I funds expired in September of 2022. ESSER II funds expired in September of 2023. ESSER III funds will expire in September of 2024. 

In December 2023, the district expended the following: 

ESSER III – $3,013,718

These funds went toward salaries and benefits for co-teachers, SROs, paraprofessionals, custodians, nurses, and bus drivers. Funding also went to Dayton Children’s Hospital, Exact Path, RTA bus passes, Cengage Learning, LWC Incorporated, and classroom supplies for teachers.

More information about Exact Path 

These funds went toward Exact Path, which offers personalized, evidence-based adaptive diagnostic assessments and individualized learning paths for K-12 grade students in Math, Reading, and Language Arts.

More information about Cengage Learning

These funds went toward National Geographic for Kids and Gale in Context subscriptions, which are used in the 16 elementary buildings. 

More information about LWC Incorporated

Funds went toward contracted design services for the renovation to the District’s Transportation Center.

More information about Student Resiliency Coordinators & Student Behavioral Therapists (Dayton Children’s Hospital)

Student Resiliency Coordinators (SRCs) are in each school and manage long-term counseling needs for students. The SRC at each school helps determine what services a student needs, and then connects him or her to those services. The SRCs also set goals and monitor a student’s progress toward reaching those goals.

While SRCs focus on extended counseling needs, Student Behavioral Therapists focus on short-term counseling. There is one Student Behavioral Therapist for every two schools. 

Another COVID-relief spending update will be published next month. Read more about the district’s Recovery Plan here

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