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District seeks community input on ESSER III federal funding

Duval County Public Schools has launched a Thought Exchange to get stakeholder feedback on priorities for its federal COVID-19 relief funding plan. 

The district expects to receive funding through ESSER III, which stands for Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief, under the American Rescue Act.  The purpose of these funds is to help districts, schools, and students recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning and the educational system as a whole. To receive the funding, the district must submit a plan that outlines how it will use the funds.

The overall goal is to help the district, schools, and students recover from the impact of the pandemic. The district must use these funds to address strategies associated with COVID-19, including student learning loss, educational technology, mental health services and support, and supplies/equipment to sanitize and clean schools. To learn more about these funds and acceptable uses, see this summary on the district’s website

Stakeholders can share their ideas on the priorities through Thought Exchange, a unique tool for broad community dialog. By sharing your ideas and seeing and rating the ideas of others, school leaders will be able to quickly see the thoughts that are resonating within stakeholders including staff, parents, students, and the community. The dialog will remain open until Dec. 2.