Pleasanton ISD applied for the American Rescue Plan, ESSER III Federal Grant for funding. This application provides funding to the district in two major categories: student learning loss due to COVID-19 and the safe re-opening of the public school district. These will be done while meeting the students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The application also deals with other areas related to COVID-19 issues such as retaining employees, operational needs of the school district due to COVID-19 issues, and teacher support.
General Specifics on the grant are as follows:
Time frame for the grant: Pre-award costs can be recoded from March 13, 2020 and allowed to spend funds until September 30, 2023. With the Tidings Act, if districts need to carryover unused funds they will be allowed to continue spending to September 30, 2024.
Districts will be required to follow all federal, state and local regulations and requirements for federal grant administration and fiscal spending of funds.
Pleasanton ISD's total entitlement for the grant for the 3 year period is $7,985,678.
Any district that receives funds through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief grant (ESSER III), must provide its stakeholders with the opportunities to voice their opinions about the use of those funds. In order to comply, Pleasanton ISD took many steps to gather information and suggestions from it's stakeholders, including parents, special programs personnel, students, community members, district and campus administration, and other faculty and staff. These meetings are on-going throughout the school year to ensure the use of funds is being used most appropriately.
Students: During the Superintendent's Cabinet meetings, students are surveyed to gather information and their needs
DEIC meetings: ESSER III spending is reviewed and discussed to see if any other needs have arisen.
Principals and Directors monthly meetings: All directors from the district (Special Programs, Transportation, Maintenance, Career & Technology, Federal Programs, Technology, Executive Director of C&I, Assistant Superintendent), as well as all principals attend. Needs and spending information is discussed.
Curriculum and Instruction weekly meetings: Members of the C&I team (literacy specialist, math specialist, Career & Technology coordinator, Director of Special Programs, Director of School Supports, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, District Testing Coordinator) review and discuss the needs of the district regarding ESSER III funding.
Bi-weekly meetings with the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of C&I, and Federal Programs Coordinator are held to discuss the progress of the funding and needs that have been discussed.
A librarian's meeting is held monthly with the Executive Director of C&I, the City of Pleasanton librarian, and the Federal Programs Coordinator. Uses and needs of the ESSER III funding is discussed.
A survey was available for parents and educators requesting their input on ESSER III funding. Responses were gathered and reviewed to ensure their input was incorporated into the spending plan.
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A public notice has been issued with the purpose and tentative plans for Title I funds for the 2023-2024 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated Grant.
The grant overview and tentative use of funds is outlined below. Please Email Scallihan Lewis for any questions or comments regarding the use of funds for the ESSA Consolidated Grant.
Title 1, Part A
Purpose: Provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education to close educational achievement gaps.
Tentative Plans: Provide additional staff, supplemental technology equipment, supplemental instructional materials, and professional development opportunities.
Purpose: Improve student achievement by improving teaching and leadership (teacher and principal staff development)
Tentative Plans: Training and compensation for mentor teachers; evidence-based professional development; district-wide professional development
Purpose: Provide support to students who are identified as Limited English Proficient (advanced proficiency expected within 3 years) while at the same time mastering state content area standards
Tentative Plans: Pleasanton ISD will purchase software for English Learners (Emergent Bilinguals) to utilize which will help close the gaps, enrich, and deepen comprehension of academic vocabulary.
Purpose: Improve student achievement by providing all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions in order to create a healthy and safe school environment; and improve access to technology in the classroom.
Tentative Plans: Supplies and materials for STEM/STEAM program, salaries for personnel
Please click here to see the planning amounts awarded to Pleasanton ISD for the 2023-2024 school year.
Purpose: Pleasanton ISD will take practical steps to ensure that the parents, guardians, and other English Learners have access and equal opportunity to important school-wide and district-wide information. Information will be provided in an understandable and uniform format, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents/ guardians can understand.
Types of Translation Available: Language assistance will be provided through a bilingual parent liaison (Spanish), written translated materials and documents, and technology-assisted website translation capabilities (top right hand corner of website). On an ongoing basis, Pleasanton ISD will assess changes in demographics, types of services or other needs that may require a reevaluation of this procedure. In addition, Pleasanton ISD will regularly assess the efficacy of these procedures used for the delivery of language assistance.
Documents/ Information to be Translated: The District/ Campus Improvement Plans and the Parent Family Engagement written policies will be available in English and Spanish on the district and campus website.