The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) is providing funding to the state of Tennessee and school districts to address COVID-19 recovery. Johnson City Schools received $13.8 million, of which at least $2.7 million or 20 percent must address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students—especially those students most impacted by the pandemic. As a part of this plan, Johnson City Schools is seeking stakeholder input on how these dollars should be spent.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity for our community stakeholders to provide meaningful input into how they believe we can enhance our district with these dollars,” Johnson City Schools Director of Accountability and Improvement Dr. Robbie Anderson said. “Once we receive community input, we will discuss our findings and determine the best way to use these funds to help improve our district and the educational services we provide our students.”
Johnson City Schools must submit a detailed district plan to the Tennessee Department of Education explaining how it will use ESSER funds to address student needs, including learning loss related to COVID-19. Johnson City Schools is seeking feedback from parents, students, employees, and community members to assist in developing its plan, and specifically the use of these funds; stakeholders wishing to participate in this process should complete the district’s survey. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021. To take the survey, please visit https://tinyurl.com/JCSESSER.
ESSER Community Engagement Document