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6Theme-based magnet schools

On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released its American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER or ESSER III) state plan template for state education agencies (SEAs) to complete to receive the remaining third of ESSER III funds. In addition to the template, the USED also released ESSER III interim final requirements related to SEA consultation, district ESSER III plans, and district plans for a safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.

ESSER allocations

ESSER I: $3,078,077

ESSER II: $14,436,004

ESSER III: $32,421,214

Total: $49,935,295

ESSER assurances

To view Cedar Rapids Community School District’s programmatic, fiscal, and reporting assurances for ESSER III funds, click the button below.

ESSER expenditure categories

View the ESSER III expenditure categories below. Of the $32.4 million awarded, at least 20% must go towards recovery of learning.

Focused on learning—$19.80 million

Copy of Esser Funding Allocation

Mental health, technology, safety, facilities—$7.8 million

Copy of Esser Funding Allocation 1

Building allocations

Recovery of learning—CORE area ($4.8 million)


  • Aligned to building school improvement plans that are aligned to Office of Learning and Leadership goals, which are aligned to strategic plan system indicators
  • Plan to build capacity of staff in building
  • Goal must address equity gaps in Reading and/or Math and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies
  • When schools utilize the funds
  • What schools utilize funds for aligned to equity gaps and SEL competencies
  • What students that schools target

Key goal areas that are best practices for learning loss recovery CRCSD is aligning work:

  • Improved instructional practices in classrooms (staff)
  • A district- or school-wide high-dosage, one-on-one tutoring program (student)
  • Additional in-school strategies to remediate student learning loss include adding time to learning, looping, creating individualized learning plans, and cross-grade collaboration (student)
  • Integrating school-day classroom instruction into after-school curricula (student)
  • Creating and expanding community partnerships helps districts create and implement cost efficient programs such as one-one-one tutoring, after-school programs, and summer learning (student)

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