Federal Programs: American Rescue Plan Act Funding
In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law, dedicating funds for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) III funds. As a result, International Charter School of Atlanta will receive just over $340 thousand through the ARP ESSER III program to be expended before September 30, 2024.
The purpose of these federal funds is to help sustain the safe and effective operations of our schools and address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students and staff. Additionally, at least 20% of the funds received must be used to address student learning loss, mental health, and the impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups (e.g., racial/ethnic groups, gender, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and students in foster care). The district is planning to utilize funding to address several critical areas, including academic acceleration and interventions, afterschool enrichment and tutorial programs, and the allowance and improvement of student access to appropriate reading material, both at school and at home, through the expansion of our school libraries.
We are soliciting your input on the six-month review of our plan to support our students and staff with the funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Your input is an essential part of ICSAtlanta’s process to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions and maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff.