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ARP-ESSER is the American Rescue Plan - Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. 

From the VT AOE: “The American Rescue Plan - Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP-ESSER) funds are intended, ‘to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students,’ with a specific emphasis on meeting the needs of underserved student groups and those most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The ACSD Public Plan for ARP ESSER Spending (posted below) is currently open for public comment from Oct 24 through December 9, 2022. ACSD has employed a variety of efforts to engage stakeholders in meaningful consultation to inform our planning up until this point. These efforts include an initial needs assessment and employee survey in early 2021; presentations to the school board in December 2021, March 2022, and October 2022; an ongoing recovery team that met from June 2020 through June 2022; a question about possible uses for ESSER funds embedded in an Equity and Inclusion Diagnostic survey that was sent to all students, staff; parents and caregivers in ACSD in February 2022; a presentation and conversation with ACSD educators in March  2022; a page on our website and form that was open for public comment beginning in February 2022; and targeted engagement of one-on-one and small group conversations with specific stakeholder representatives. You can read more details about our public engagement beginning on page 11 of the Public Plan. 

After viewing the Public Plan, we invite you to use the community feedback form (also linked below the slideshow) to help us prioritize the possible investment categories. Please also use the community feedback form if you have any additional areas that you believe should be considered for funding.  

If you would like a translated summary of this plan, please contact Heather Crowley at 802-382-1287 or

Si desea un resumen traducido de este plan, comuníquese con Heather Crowley al 802-382-1287 o

如果您想获得此计划的翻译摘要,请致电802-382-1287或 与Heather Crowley联系。

Se você quiser um resumo traduzido deste plano, entre em contato com Heather Crowley pelo telefone 802-382-1287 ou

ARP-ESSER Community Feedback Form

Your feedback will help us identify and prioritize investments for our ARP-ESSER Funds. Please submit anytime before 3/28/22