Kenosha Unified School District will receive $45 million in American Rescue Plan funding, via the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impact of the pandemic on our district's students.
In May, Building Our Future and Kenosha Unified School District partnered to hear from the Kenosha community on important priorities for use of COVID relief funds. Twenty-two community members joined sessions on May 11 and 17, 2022, to share their priorities for spending. They answered the question: How would you spend the funding to maximize learning and counteract the effects of COVID? The data in this report represents the views of the 22 community members who attended and cannot be assumed to represent the entire community. However, strong themes emerged across the two sessions.
When considering KUSD as a whole, the community overwhelmingly prioritized mental health supports for students. Additional areas of focus include staffing, out-of-school time, enrichment, and academic supports.
See our report for how those community recommendations break down by student grade level.
Building Our Future and Kenosha Unified School District are partnering to hear from the Kenosha community on important priorities for use of COVID relief funds. KUSD will receive $45 million in American Rescue Plan funding, via the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impact of the pandemic on our district's students.
We invite community members to join us and provide input on how KUSD can spend these pandemic relief funds! There are two options to join: Wednesday, May 11th, or Tuesday, May 17th. Both sessions will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM at KUSD's ESC Building. Participants should RSVP at bit.ly/kusd-esser.
For more information, contact Lynn Debilzen, Director of Impact & Strategy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920.629.1922.
On March 11th, 2021, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. This historic piece of legislation will provide approximately $1.9 trillion in relief and federal investment to address the on-going impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has the possibility to transform communities for children and families. As the cradle-to-career backbone for Kenosha County, Building Our Future is well positioned to support entities in leveraging dollars to not only build back better, but build with equity and build to last.
The American Rescue Plan Act will bring more than $135 million of flexible funding for children and youth to the Kenosha County community, via City, County, and Village governments; K-12 education systems; and higher education institutions. Building Our Future has created a handout that strives to make this funding easy to understand for partners, advocates, and community members.