ESSER Updates

Thank you to the more than 4,300 respondents to our recent survey regarding the use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds from the federal government. An overview:

Of those who responded, 74 percent described their connection to FZSD as parent/guardian, 24 percent as current staff member, and the remaining 2 percent as student resident, business owner or other. When asked, the vast majority of respondents gave Fort Zumwalt School District a passing grade for the 2020-2021 school year (99.3 percent) with 86 percent grading the district’s performance last school year as an A or a B. 

When it comes to federal stimulus funds, the money can only be used for certain expenses. Respondents were able to rate the importance of these items. Addressing learning loss and providing mental health supports were rated as important or very important by 87 percent of respondents. Addressing air quality was important or very important to 75 percent of respondents while 73 percent gave similar feedback regarding educational technology. 

Superintendent Dr. Bernie DuBray reviewed the results with a community focus group made up of representatives from all major stakeholder groups. Parents, teachers, support staff, business leaders, elected officials and school administrators shared their perspective with Dr. DuBray as well as several Board of Education members, and offered some potential strategies that could be implemented to address learning loss, student mental health supports and air quality. The group also heard from the superintendent regarding the draft Return to School Plan for 2021. When asked about masks and quarantines, he again emphasized that the district is in regular contact with health officials and that the final plan will be released in the coming weeks. Classes resume Aug. 23. 

Updates on the use of one-time federal stimulus money will be available at Click the COVID-19 button and use the ESSER Updates tab on the next screen.