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Hi Everyone, Welcome! Please feel free to type in questions as they come up and we'll try to answer them as we go.
Will these slides be posted somewhere?
Should we be sharing with Neglected facilities?
Earlier slide clarified ESSER funds could be used to cover declines in state/local revenues. Assuming the state cuts an LEA
Yes can you describe that allowable use more on declines and how we can use the funds?
No in general
These are excellent questions, Justin and Laura
Does this apply to the larger pot of CRF?
So those could be teachers, EAs, district staff correct -- thinking district staff for mental health for example?
So we can apply ESSER funds to cover state shortfall, by applying the ESSER funds to pay for Special Education costs that we would not otherwise be able to continue in light of state cuts?
Can we backfill salaries and benefits for existing staff even if there are no anticioated declines?
If you still have questions or need help with planning for use of ESSER funds, we are happy to stay on the line at the end and help talk through to provide additional clarity, if that would be helpful.
Do you have a recommendation for set aside for McKinney-Vento in the current situation? We are currently at 20% unemployment rate in our county, but are not getting reports of additional students losing their homes. My guess is that we will have more reporting in the fall.
http://coloradostateplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-2020-CTE-Admin-Handbook.pdf- p. 224
Entire Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Grantee Handbook is at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/grantees/handbook
Allowable activities for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act are specifically at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/grantees/handbook/fiscal-definitions
I am confused about backfilling salaries, which I thought I understood was an allowable use of ESSER funds. Our plan was to backfill counselor salaries from March 13 until the end of school (May 15) for continuity of mental health support services for students during this time because mental health support services looked very different during school closure than they did before the pandemic. Counselors had to learn to implement different support mechanisms to reach students to provide what they needed. Is backfilling counselor salaries based on this rationale allowable?
Link to application: https://www.cde.state.co.us/caresact/relieffund
Technology and charter schools: if we reimburse a charter for technology, who "owns" the technology? We wouldn't take it back come October 2022, they would keep and maintain those devices, correct? Does it follow the rules of Title that the program owns the technology? This seems difficult to manage, both CRF and ESSER funds.
On technology also, if we get a significant price break in licensing for online applications if we do a multi-year license instead on one-year can this purchase be justified under ESSER and CRF? We would be planning on using these applications going forward.
So CRF is March 1 in the award, but ESSER is March 12 ? I understand March 13, but CRF says March 1
Nevermind -- maybe because CRF also covered colleges which may have been earlier
Reimbursement of salaries.
Happy to connect and provide more context if you need, Nazie. Thanks.
That's really important to know because it could change how charters use the funds. We do same as Amy -- if you use Title you own them
To propose backfilling counselor salaries after March 13 for continuity of mental health support services for students during school closure, which is the most appropriate Allowable Activity to choose in the Budget Request section of the application: Mental Health Services and Support or Other Activities for Operations and Services?
If we do "backfill" mental health, then they have to do retroactive Time & Efforts for ESSER?
They were already on staff, but performing very different duties
But there is no supplement not supplant in ESSER -- CRF is different on salaries
It came up last week on the hours and counselors were brought up.....I thought salaries/benefits were ok
Personnel were used in a very different way.
Are signed NPS consultation forms due at the time the application is submitted. Is the form available?
Hi Lora, here is the NPS certification form: http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/nps-certification-form-pdf They are also due December 31
Do they apply to CRF?
Time & Effort? I think you answered before but I can't remember
@ Laura - yes to T&E. ESSER funds are federal funds
@ Amy - I will double check on that, but i'm thinking yes to that as well
Link to full FAQ: https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/covidcaresactfaq
Do we share funds with Charter schools based on their number of Free/Reduced students?
Donna Crawford, Pueblo D60
Is it necessary to use the same method that is used for Title I?
From the FAQ: The CARES Act does not directly address allocation of district ESSER funds to charter schools that are not standalone LEAs. The clear legislative intent, however, is to benefit all public schools and students regardless of school type.CDE asks that districts include their charter schools on equal footing with traditional schools when determining the most important educational needs as a result of COVID-19, consistent with the intent of the CARES Act, see CARES Act Sec. 18003(d)(3), and the intent of Colorado law, see C.R.S. 22-30.5-112(3).
Can you please put the 2020-2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines link in the chat?
Here is the URL for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Income Eligibility Guidelines. https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/income-eligibility-guidelines
Under ESSER for charters though we must retain control of the funds -- so only reimburse as they spend the funds since we have to do an RFF for these funds and not give them to them upfront. Is that correct?
There aren't any updates on that FRL eligibility link - just says this
This notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. The annual adjustments are required by section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.The guidelines are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need and are revised annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index.03/20/2020
Basically no new chart or guidance
So do we go by 2019-20 chart?
Sorry about that. The link provided is the landing page to the Income Eligibility Guidelines. The direct link to the Federal Register is provided. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/20/2020-05982/child-nutrition-programs-income-eligibility-guidelines
Ah, great. Thank you!
Just want to have it to provide for non-public schools
Does this mean that CRF can be used for salaries?
Thank you. Do you know when the guidance will be available for CRF?
Thank you for everyone's work
Link to Regional Contacts: https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/regionalcontactspage
You can also email the email@example.com inbox. We have multiple people monitoring that inbox so we can help you out. :)
Patricia Reitwiesner, District 11
How do we get on list for notice of upcoming office hours?
How do we confirm that you received our CRF application?
Hi Patricia, we send out the communication to all the Cons App contacts. If you aren't receiving them, I can add you to my list.
Here is the form: https://edx.cde.state.co.us/CDEIdM/districtLAMSupport.jsp
All of the office hours information is available on this page: https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/resourcesandtechnicalassistance
More info on IdM here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/idm
Can more than more person be listed as a ESSERAPP Applicant?
firstname.lastname@example.org and Yes the NOI
Any NPS updates
as they are available
Still worried about doing all the work to get a T1 proportionate share, and then going PPA anyway.
My apologizes, I used the wrong terminology!
Do we know reporting for CRF?
Also, charter distribution of CRF pass thru or reimbursement
Thank you, very helpful!!!!
Very helpful! Thanks!