In recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had—and will continue to have—on public education, school districts nationwide are receiving historic levels of federal relief funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.
ESSER funds are provided to state educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.
Starting last winter, Shelby County Schools began holding community events to gather feedback related to the 2021-22 school year budget and ESSER funding. Stakeholders were asked to share ideas for how SCS spends these dollars in accordance with federal and Tennessee state guidelines.
Shelby County Schools scheduled community meeting dates to discuss the proposed 2021-22 Budget, ESSER (COVID-19 Relief) Funding, and the Third Grade Commitment plan. The community was encouraged to attend the meetings, in-person or virtually, to learn more about the District’s plans, ask questions, and provide additional feedback. All meetings were streamed live on voiceofscs.com and scsk12.org/board.
Shelby County Schools disseminated a community survey to all stakeholders, including students, employees, families, and community partners, to gather feedback related to the allocation of ESSER dollars. Some key findings:
The full report of findings can be found here.
Additionally, every Board business meeting from January 2021 to June 2021 included opportunities for public comment regarding funding allocations.