ESSER III Funding Survey Results

The Estes Park School District coordinated a survey to staff, families and students to garner feedback regarding the ESSER III funding available and the best ways to use these monies in the district.

As a reminder, ESSER III funding must be used to meet needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are one-time or short-term expenditures to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

The funding is intended to:

  • Sustain the safe operation of schools and, address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students in areas such as learning loss and mental health supports.

The Estes Park School District has been allocated approximately $2.1 million in ESSER III funds. These are one-time funds and should not be used for ongoing costs because the funds must be spent by September 2024.

Recap on Survey Participation

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Overall, we had 112 total responses.

  • 17 Returned in Spanish (Paper Copies)
  • 84 Parents (including staff that are also parents)
  • 18 Staff
  • 7 Students


1st Highest Ranked Priority: Learning Loss (2.44)

Provide instructional and intervention opportunities to address learning loss for all students, including students in special populations. Examples of special populations include, but are not limited to:
  • students with disabilities
  • English Language Learners
  • students experiencing homelessness
  • students in foster care.

2nd Highest Ranked Priority: Continuity of Operations (2.77)

Add/retain staff to continue and/or enhance operations and address student needs. One example is funding additional staffing or instructional materials that would result if a transition to Remote Learning is necessary.

3rd Highest Ranked Priority: Social/Emotional/Mental Well Being (2.92)

Provide mental health services, supports, and related resources for students and staff.

4th Highest Ranked Priority: Health & Safety Needs (3.25)

Provide supplies, services, improvements, and personnel to help improve environmental health and safety and limit the spread of COVID-19.

5th Highest Ranked Priority: Technology & Digital Tools (3.45)

Support for technology, tools and digital supports.

Feedback on Strategies for Continuity of Operations/SEL(Social Emotional Learning)/Health:

  • Staff lower class sizes, and staff extra duty support and pay
  • Additional staff and curriculum needs (substitutes, support staff, after school programing)

  • Professional Development

  • Nurse assistant

  • Accounting and reporting help

  • Social emotional staff curriculum and support for staff and students

  • Special needs and behavioral teachers

  • Outdoor learning and use opportunities

  • Review and upgrade filter systems each school

  • Intervention support and curriculum purchases and professional development

  • Behavior/ Sel data and monitoring system (TECH)

  • ELD curriculum, tutoring, engagement opportunities

  • Educational readiness and pre- school support

  • Online and contracted Mental Health supports

  • Redundancy and upgrade of Internet service

  • Home internet connectivity

Planning for learning loss enhancement 20%+:

Continuity of research based practices through summer of 2024:

  • Summer school all buildings and programs (Credit recovery, jumpstart programing)

  • Special population and behavior support

  • Tutoring in school after school programing

  • ELD support and outreach

  • SEL support and outreach

Feedback on Strategies for Learning Enhancement and Engagement:

  • Robust programing (Problem Based Learning opportunities)

  • Online learning opportunities (RLA curriculum, staff, support)

  • Tutoring

  • Parent support for homework

  • Spanish in Elementary School

  • Afterschool support

What are the Next Steps?

  • Put together detail specific costs, programing, implementation and measures.
  • Submit requests to CDE for Approval
  • Complete our budget review and adjustment for 2021-22
  • Use this information during the review, evaluation and planning for FY2022-23, FY2023-24 and summer school until September of 2024
  • Transition to planning for FY2024-25 school year budget and services once the deadline for these funds has passed.