ESEA Office Hours - Shared screen with speaker view
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Link to LEA Allocations:https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/educationstabilizationfund
Link to the CARES Act ESSER page: https://www.cde.state.co.us/caresact/relieffund
If they are a PreK school we can delete them from the list, correct?
Similar to Consolidated application, is there a form for ESSER that needs to be filled out during consultation with non-public schools?
If we only have a elementary Title I program, do we count kids K-12 for non-public?
@Sam - yes you can delete PK only schools.
If the students resides in a Neighboring District how do we select their home school?
@Rena - there is a new ESSER consultation form that will be shared later today or tomorrow.
Will you be sharing this powerpoint/presentation?
Is the NPS proportionate share calculated for each NPS on that page?
Hi Stacey, we will send out the powerpoint to everyone who attended after the presentation is complete.
Wonderful! Thank you!
Where do we find the different ways you can calculate low income students in the NPS?
OK, that helps. Thanks.
Would that be the same for charters? In our District, No HS and MS are Title. Only a handful of our ES schools are Title. Do we only use total ES enrollment (including non-Title) to determine shares for charters? Or, do we use the K-12 enrollment to determine the share for charters?
So there isn’t an option to use PPA instead of T1 formula for non-public?
That’s correct. Thanks
Are we budgeting for only the 90% of the total allocation. The other discretionary 10% to come later/
@Laurie, that is correct. CDE is still determining how we'll use the 10% state reserve based on stakeholder input. So, it is likely that there will be a separate application for those funds, particularly if those funds are decided to be distributed on a competitive basis.
Are we required to have a parent involvement set-aside or is that just an option?
May I please confirm that we can use the ESSER funds to supplant existing salaries that have been budgeted for or paid out, such as those for counselors, to support mental health needs, or ESL teachers, etc.? As long as the salaries correspond to after March 1, 2020? Thank you for your help.
My date should have been after March 13th.
@Laura G. - it is an option.
@Becky - we are going to talk about that when we get to allowable uses of funds.
Will there be an FY 2021-2022 option since funds may be expended through Sept/2022?
Are the funds available until Sept. 2022 as listed in the CDE guidance? So, are the only years that we can actually use funds be 19-20 & 20-21?
We were considering holding the ESSERF funds until 2021-2022 since we received CARES Relief this year. Can we do that?
So, could we pay for half a year's salary (Fall 2020) out of CRF and the second half (Spring 2021) out of ESSER?
When is the application process open?
Just a friendly reminder from Grants Fiscal, ESSER is a reimbursement only award. Districts must have final approval on this application prior to requesting reimbursement on Formsite. Requests submitted on Formsite prior to final approval will be deleted.
If our plans change, how and when can we make changes to the submitted application/budget?
Sorry I had to take another call. Did I miss you covering how we could use a PPA proportionate share rather than T1 formula?
So if we want to fund NPs higher than T1 formula would allow, we just change the funding source code?
But we would still have to identify the eligible students (boundary and household income) to ensure the funding is at least as much as T1 formula.
So if we have a non-public school that won't be able to participate in the proportionate share calc because they are HS & we only serve ES with Title I, then we could put a placeholder for them in the budget side, but what do we do with the activity because we won't have that from them because they wouldn't have gotten any money originally -- so can we just put a placeholder description there & then update it in Post Award? Sorry -trying to word that correctly. Basically we will have to re-consult with them if the guidance changes.
Could you repeat that last part
So, a lot of work goes into the eligibility determination (both district and NP) and we would still have to do that, right?
Even if we go with PPA proportionate share
I don't think they are going to be willing to have multiple conversations based on what ifs -- sorry that is what we are running into. It's really hard for them & us. I understand, but that's a lot of communication & we don't want to hold up applying because then we are holding up other non-publics. Just sharing that. They are getting a lot of guidance from their own representative groups, so it's getting confusing for them as well. Thanks for the guidance.
Can we hire staff to manage this using the funds just as we do for Title?
How much did you recommend we withhold for those "placeholders"
Agreed, Laura. Multiple consultations would be difficult and time consuming for all
Not all non-publics report October count to CDE, so we just have to ask them for that if they are not on the CDE site -- is that correct?
Mine have school codes, but they aren't on the list that has Oct. counts from CDE
So, on this slide it says we can spend up to 9/30/2022? But I thought you said we didn't earlier?
Who has to sign? Authorized rep or Board?
Could the use of these funds on teacher salaries affect comparability?
And related to COVID 19 could be, reduced state funding from the state in 20-21?
how do you explain how salaries are related to COVID 19 -- CRF does not look to allow teacher salaries because they were not doing something "different" related to COVID per the guidance questions. Is ESSER different in this regard? Thinking about the decline in revenue
Since the CDC’s recommendations not local, would the funds be able to be used for their recommendations?
What about trauma informed training?
Would that be acceptable?
Please email this presentation so we can continue to review guidance and inform our stakeholders. Thx.
Is preschool considered an "other educational services"?
Just to clarify, I could utilize funds to pay for counselor salaries in the 20-21 school year and provide two explanations:
1. As result of COVID-19, state funding has reduced. AND 2. Counselors will be supporting the mental health needs of students as they process through the trauma resulting from school closures? And again, this okay, even if the counselors are existing staff.
Do teachers fit Becky's scenario above? thinking no because of the way CRF is looking at that -- they are providing learning still, but in a different way -- is ESSER more flexible here?
So we can use CRF to cover existing staff salaries in FY21 - first half?
Piggy-backing on Becky’s question, if the Mental Health needs extend into 21-22 can we continue to pay counselors into the 21-22 year?
We need guidance on specific CRF vs ESSER salary allowability for FY21
Listening -- this is critical as we are making staff cuts and if we can save any with ESSER we need to know
The CRF guidance and side by side will be so helpful. THANK YOU!