The Watervliet City School District submitted a plan to receive COVID relief funding that is available to schools over the next three years. The district is slated to receive a total of $4.4 million through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER), of which 20 percent is required to address learning loss.

These funds are intended to provide the district with short-term resources to assist in recovering from the effects of the pandemic on the educational process.

The district’s ARP-ESSER plan has been made available for all stakeholders to view on the district website and will be updated as necessary. Approved plans for the use of federal and state funding through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) can be reviewed via the links below.

ARP-ESSER Application: Part 1 – Assurances
ARP-ESSER Application: Part 2 – ARP Act
ARP-ESSER Application: State Reserves – ARP State Reserves

ARPA-FS-10AESSER FS-10  │ GEER Budget Narrative  │ ESSER Budget NarrativeGEER 2ESSER 2Budget Narrative ESSERBudget Narrative GEERARPA FS-10Budget Narrative ARPAARP Homeless ReserveBudget Narrative 5% State Reserve5% State ReserveBudget Narrative 1% State Reserve Summer Learning  │1% State Reserve AfterschoolFS-10 ARP HCY PT IIBudget Narrative ARP HCY PT II

If you need assistance with to access to the plans listed above, please email the district’s communications office. If you have any questions about the plans, email Dr. Donald Stevens or call 518-629-3201.

More about ARP-ESSER

In June 2021, district leaders held a virtual community forum [watch the recording] to share information and gather input on a plan to apply COVID relief funding that is prioritized for one-time or short-term expenses in the following areas:

  • safely returning students to in-person instruction;
  • maximizing in-person instruction time;
  • operating schools and meeting the needs of students;
  • purchasing educational technology;
  • addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, including the impacts of interrupted instruction and learning loss and the impacts on low-income students, children with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness;
  • implementing evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs;
  • offering evidence-based summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; and supporting early childhood education.