ESSER Federal Funding
The State of Texas recently released Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III federal stimulus allotments to school districts using Title 1 funding formulas. PfISD's share of these federal funds totaled $29,707,029. The TEA is making approximately $19.4 million available to us now to specifically address costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and address learning loss due to the pandemic.
It is crucial to note that these federal funds are temporary and will cover a 3-year period which will be heavily audited. As such, they will address some of our projected budget shortfall, but not all. We will continue to communicate with staff, parents, and the community on the District's progress with formulating a plan and having that approved by the TEA and monitor the continued guidance that the Agency releases.
There will be an application process through TEA to access these funds, which involves a grant application process and receiving student, staff, and community input to create a "plan" to expend these funds.
The remainder of our available funds through the federal government's ESSER III stimulus is being held while TEA awaits a response from the U.S. Department of Education for any specific language or details on how the funds may be spent. Often, federal money like this comes with strings attached, which limit how we can use it.
The District is hosting Parent and Community Meetings (via Zoom) on all campuses to provide information and receive feedback. Parents and Community members are welcome to attend any of the meetings below, regardless of if they have a child in attendance on that campus. Please view the schedule below organized by campus.