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The purpose of this page is to provide educational, health, and community resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 


COVID Relief Funding Survey Results
School districts across the country are receiving American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Funds to help address COVID-19 recovery.  Read more about ESSER III.

What is ESSER III Funding?
ESSER III funding must be used to meet needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  These funds are one-time or short-term expenditures to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic.  The funding is intended to:

  • Safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, and
  • Address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students in areas such as learning loss and mental health supports.

How much ESSER III funding are we receiving? 
WSD3 has been allocated $11.2 million in ESSER III funds. From that funding, James Madison Charter Academy (JMCA) is allocated $111,710.

How long do we have to use ESSER III funding?
These are one-time funds and should not be used for ongoing costs. Funds much be spent by September, 2024.

The survey was given to parents, staff, and students in 8th and 11th grades to receive input on how ESSER III funds should be applied. Survey results were presented to the District Advisory and Accountability Committee (DAAC) as well as the Widefield Board of Education who provided additional feedback and guidance.

Funding Plan:
Approximated dollar amounts may not add to total due to rounding, subject to revision. 

Learning Loss - $4.0 million
At least 20% of funds must be spent on learning loss

  • K-5 summer school through July 2024
  • 6-12 summer school through July 2024
  • 9-12 credit recovery through June 2024
  • D3 My Way expansion (school vs program)
  • Two additional instructional days
  • Interventionists
  • Reading Plus grade 3-12
  • Reading Plus - grades 4-8
  • ALEKS math K-12 
  • Literacy Consultant
  • STAR Math - grades 2-8
  • Behavior TOSAs at French and Sunrise Elementary Schools through June 2024
  • Added teachers to reduce class size

Health & Safety Needs - $2.9 million

  • Ventilation project at Watson Junior High
  • Ventilation project at three elementary schools
  • Personal protective equipment

Social/Emotional/Mental Well-Being - $680,000

  • Counselor at Grand Mountain K-8
  • Counselor at D3 My Way K-12 Virtual School
  • Catapult program at the junior high level
  • Added social workers
  • Social emotional risk screener

Continuity of Operations - $635,000

  • Title cuts paid by ESSER - interventionists
  • Elementary teachers for additional support
  • Junior high teachers for additional support

Technology & Digital Tools Support - $1.7 million

  • Technology professional development trainer
  • Computer and devices
  • Internet hot spots
  • Other student technology support