Frisco ISD is one of a small number of Texas districts that will receive supplemental ESSER funds in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years as a result of HB 1525, passed by the Texas Legislature in spring 2021 to provide additional COVID-19 relief to school districts that were allocated little to no federal ESSER funds due to a low percentage of Title I students. These funds are separate from the District’s ESSER III allocation, which is detailed below.

ESSER III Spending Plan

The ESSER III Grant Program was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) in March 2021 to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools. School districts apply for funds and are awarded an entitlement based on their Title I student population. Frisco ISD’s entitlement is $6,102,125. This preliminary spending plan will be used to apply for the grant funds and was developed with stakeholder input. See the presentation from the June 14, 2021 School Board meeting.

The period of availability of ESSER III funding extends to September 30, 2024. Since these are temporary funds, our spending plan includes an exit strategy for each proposed solution.

Services to Address Mental Health

Identified Need: Mental health supports for students and staff
Proposed Solution Approximate
3-year Cost
Exit Strategy
Counseling groups for students and staff
with mental health needs
 $180,000 Services will be contracted and can be terminated at the end of the period of availability.
Supplemental pay for individuals trained to respond to Relay notifications after-hours $45,000 If effective, we will consider embedding this responsibility into existing positions after the end of the period of availability.
Ethos mentoring program on select campuses, targeting students on each campus to focus on motivation and self-esteem $245,700  Services will be contracted and can be terminated at the end of the period of availability
Identified Need: Comprehensive support services for students and families in need
Proposed Solution Approximate
3-year Cost
Exit Strategy
School Support Specialists which will provide access to critical living resources for students and families in need  $2,100,000 Positions will be phased out over the period of availability through attrition
FISD Mentoring Coordinator to supervise School Support Specialists and assist in matching students and families with needed services $260,100 This would be posted as a 3-year term position. If FISD is unable to fund the position in the future, responsibilities would be absorbed by existing staff within the Student Services or Guidance and Counseling departments.
Identified Need: Re-entry Support for students who are transitioning back to in-person education
Proposed Solution Approximate
3-year Cost
Exit Strategy
2 Mental Health Transition Specialists $390,000 These would be posted as 3-year term positions. We do not believe the services will be needed beyond the period of availability
District-wide training on restorative practices and development of common language and protocols $255,000 Over the three-year period of availability, this training will be transitioned into internal “refresher” courses offered through FISD professional learning.
Continuation and expansion of truancy tribunals to mitigate unexcused absences $125,000 Services are contracted and therefore temporary. FISD will develop a plan to transition the tribunals in-house using existing personnel.

Services to Address Learning Loss

Identified Need: Learning loss in IEP-entitled students due to complications from the pandemic
Proposed Solution Approximate
3-year Cost 
Exit Strategy
Additional compensatory services, including speech therapy, physical therapy, and Tier 3 academic and behavioral remediation $200,000 Services will be contracted and can be terminated at the end of the period of availability.
Identified Need: Learning loss in identified non-IEP-entitled students
Proposed Solution Approximate
3-year Cost
Exit Strategy
Free credit recovery and expanded summer programming, including the use of MyPath, which provides targeted intervention in math and reading $170,000 Programs will either be phased out after the period of availability or absorbed into the District’s summer school model.
Compensatory services provided outside the school day, including Tier 1 and Tier 2 tutorials and systematic, research based supplemental instructional support focused on Tier 3 needs $150,000 Services will be contracted and can be terminated at the end of the period of availability.
Additional personnel to provide Tier 1 and Tier 2 academic support during the school day $1,950,000 Positions will be phased out over the period of availability through attrition.
Identified Need: Academic recovery at the Middle School level due to an increase in failure rates
Proposed Solution Approximate
3-year Cost 
Exit Strategy
Supplemental pay for campus personnel to host promotion review committees to develop academic recovery plans during non-contract time $34,000 This is a one-year need and will be phased out prior to the end of the period of availability
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