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We’ll Get Federal Money to Cover our Pandemic Costs, Right?

The federal government has passed three pieces of legislation which will provide funding to schools as they and the children they serve recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 27, 2020: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • December 27, 2020: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
  • March 11, 2021: American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021

The CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Acts provide for Elementary and Secondary School Relief (ESSER) funds. Washington state received a total of $2,894,245,737 in ESSER funds.

90% of this money is required to be awarded to school districts using the federal Title I, Part A funding formula. 10% of this money will be disbursed by the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides additional instructional services and activities. These additional supports help students in meeting the state academic standards and closing the educational opportunity gap. The program serves students in early learning, preschool programs, and kindergarten through high school who have demonstrated the need for additional educational assistance. While a school’s percentage of students participating in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program does determine whether it is a Title I school, students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I, Part A services. In the Northshore School District, Hollywood Hill, Crystal Springs , Woodin, and Kenmore Elementary were Title I schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

So, how much money will the Northshore School District be getting in ESSER funds?

Check out the graphic below to see that when the 90% portion of ESSER money from the three legislative acts is combined the Northshore School District will get $314.36 per student.

How does that compare to other schools districts in Washington State?

Check out the graphic below to see that when the the 90% portion of ESSER money from the three legislative acts is combined the state average will be $2,381.10 per student.

How does that compare to our neighboring schools districts?

Our neighbors to the North, Edmonds and Everett School Districts, will recive $1,505.72 and $1758.85 per student respectively. Our neighbors to the South, Lake Washington School District, will receive $409.43, to the West, Shoreline School district, will receive $1,168,48 and to the East, Riverview School District, will receive $582.60 per student. Looking at all of the school districts in King and Snohomish County there are only three school districts receiving less money per student than Northshore. They are Mercer Island ($263.66), Bainbridge Island ($294.10), and Tahoma ($300.39) School Districts.

It is hoped that when the OSPI distributes the 10% portion of the ESSER monies the Northshore School District will receive additional funding to make up for getting so little of the 90% portion. At the time of this writing the Washington State Legislature is working on budgets and will hopefully be finding monies to support schools and the children they serve recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.