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 below.
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 will expire in September of 2023, and ESSER III funds will expire in September of 2024.
In October 2022, the district expended the following:
ESSER I – $176,526.43
These funds were spent on salaries and benefits for double teachers and SROs, and classroom technology purchases.*
More information about classroom technology purchases
This purchase included new student headsets, laptops, adaptors, docking stations for classrooms, and 5,000 student laptops. The new laptops replaced broken and outdated technology and are larger and more powerful than the previous student devices.
*ESSER I funds expired in September 2022 and a final expenditure report was submitted. At the request of the Ohio Department of Education, the expenses shown above that took place prior to September were moved from ESSER II to ESSER I and the final report was resubmitted. These expenses are not new and did not take place during the month of October.
ESSER II – $9,503.53
These funds went toward the salary and benefits of the district’s Grant Coordinator.
ESSER III – $1,240,662
These funds went toward salaries and benefits for double teachers, SROs and paraprofessionals. Funding also went toward the Greater Dayton RTA, Textbook Warehouse, and purchasing Chromebooks.
More information about the Greater Dayton RTA
High school students who need transportation to or from school use the Greater Dayton RTA. ESSER III funds were used to purchase monthly bus passes for students.
More information about Textbook Warehouse
This purchase provided MLA Handbooks for senior capstone projects.
More information about Chromebooks
Ten Chromebooks were purchased to replace broken devices as needed.
More information about Double Teachers
An important part of the district’s recovery plan is a double teaching model in 1st-3rd grade. Under this model, there are two teachers in each classroom, with one specializing in math and one specializing in literacy. The class is divided and the teachers teach to one half of the class simultaneously. The students then switch places for another lesson.
A major benefit of this model is reduced class size, which allows for more individualized attention. Teachers can spend more time working one-on-one with students, which helps close learning gaps.
The district hired 96 additional teachers for double teaching classrooms.
Learn more about the double teaching model in this video produced by the Ohio Department of Education.
Another COVID-relief spending update will be published next month. Read more about the district’s Recovery Plan here.
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