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ESSER Funding (COVID-19 Relief)

Kennewick School District's Plan for the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Funding

The ARP ESSER fund, authorized by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), provides funding to schools to support sustained safe building reopenings and operations while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kennewick School District's approved Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan was approved in May 2021 by the school board.

ESSER Fund Requirements:

  • Address impact of coronavirus on student, instructions and school operations.
  • Received through reimbursement.
  • One-time allocation that expires Aug. 31, 2024.

ESSER Funding 

Phase Allocation
ESSER I $4,330,767
ESSER II $16,740,145
ESSER III $30,102,055
ESSER III Learning Loss $7,525,514
TOTAL $58,698,481


Eligible COSTS Reimbursed for 2020-21 school year

Programs/Use Amount
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) $679,853
Curriculum IT (Hybrid) $328,870
Online Academy Staff $1,947,037
Transportation Staff $1,840,612
Maintain Staff $7,328,866
ESSER Indirect Support $1,510,070
TOTAL $13,635,308
+$176,000 PPE submitted to FEMA


Eligible COSTS Reimbursed for 2021-22 school year

Programs/Use Amount
Mid-Columbia Partnership Online/Endeavor Staff $1,868,591
Mental Health Services Contract - High Schools $440,547
Online Tutoring Services $413,370
PPE/Curriculum/IT Online Related Costs $454,291
Teacher Training $365,509
Staff Pay for Additional COVID Work/Impact $86,442
Maintain Staff Positions/Other Staff Added $4,543,055
Staff Costs for COVID Coordination/Support $204,070
ESSER Indirect Support $868,779
Total $9,244,654


Projected ESSER funding Use for 2022-23

Programs/Use Amount
Online Program Staff $1,450,000
Mental Health Contract - 
High School/Middle School
Tutoring Services $500,000
Summer School $750,000
Curriculum/IT System/Data Collection Enhancements $750,000
Teacher Training/Other Support/In-Building Subs $250,000
Maintain Staff Positions $5,000,000
Total $9,330,000