ST. LOUIS – The city’s public schools are getting money through the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to address the the impact COVID-19 coronavirus has had, and continues to have, on schools, staff and students. The district wants input from school families and other district residents to identify the most pressing needs and how to best use the new funds to address them.
The ESSER Fund’s rules say spending must be related to preventing, preparing for and responding to COVID-19. Recipients of ESSER funds are expected to:
- Act quickly to deal with urgent student needs
- Focus on problems caused by the pandemic, including remote learning issues and learning gaps resulting from disruptions
- Help low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care and other vulnerable groups
The district is hoping for many people to respond to its survey, which can be taken online. The survey will close at midnight on May 21.