ESSER Grants & Reopening Plans

ESSER Grants & Reopening Plans

Fall 2021 Opening of School: Orange East Supervisory Union plans to follow the most recent, updated guidance coming from the Agency of Education and will continue to update this area of our website with information relevant to the opening of school for Fall of 2021.

OESU and School Plans for Fall 2021; Current Guidance, Communication and Information on COVID19 can be found here.

Blue Mountain Union (grades 8-12) and Oxbow High School will continue their partnership with Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative to offer remote learning options.

Grant Funding: Orange East Supervisory Union has and will receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). ESSER funds will be distributed in three allocations coming from three different Acts. The following table lists Orange East Supervisory Union’s allocation from each funding source. (These are the amounts OESU will receive.)

Funding SourceAmountStatusAct
ESSER 1$619,541Received, invested; and fully approved by the Agency of Education (6/7/2021)Coronavirus Aid Relief Economic Security Act (CARE’S Act)
ESSER 2$2,959,749Received, partially invested (8/22/2021)Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021(CRRSA)
*ESSER 3$6,641,735

OESU does not currently have access to this allocation. The process of Meaningful Consultation must occur first and public input must be included in the plan before gaining access to the funds.
*Partially received in our grant system but not accessible. Not invested. This grant is currently in phase 1 of the application process and will not be in Phase 2 until September 2021. (8/22/2021)

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

*Meaningful Consultation: OESU must invite public comment and input into the decision making process for utilizing ARP ESSER (ESSER 3) funds. The US Department of Education requires LEAs to complete Meaningful Consultation and provide evidence public input was incorporated into the plan and the plan must be approved at the state level and then shared with the public.

Please review our Needs Assessment and Draft Plan and send comments to Nicole Bell at OESU.

Orange East conducted meaningful consultation from June 8, 2021 through July 20, 2021. The results have been summarized and can be accessed through this link: Meaningful Consultation Survey Results

Orange East Supervisory Union will develop a plan for the use of this money. The Plan will focus on supporting OESU as a system as we look for ways to improve the educational experience for all students. A draft of our Plan which was based on our Needs Assessment can be found here on this webpage. OESU will send out a survey and collect input on our Plan and our Needs Assessment for one month during the summer. The plan will also be shared at a public meeting following the June 15, 2021 board meeting (same Zoom link). Please direct any questions or comments to the director of curriculum and federal programs grant manager: Nicole Bell, PO Box 396, Bradford VT 05033; 802-222-5216 x6113; nicole.bell@oesu.org

OESU Redesign Plan (draft) and Needs Assessment

Orange East conducted a review of student performance data for academics, social/emotional learning and behavior, as well as student engagement data including attendance and truancy. We also looked at data relevant to school climate and culture. The Needs Assessment shows the name of the data set we reviewed, our interpretations and our ideas for improvement. We then used those ideas to draft a Plan. Please review the Needs Assessment and the Plan and send any comments or questions to Nicole Bell, Director of Curriculum, PO 396 Bradford VT, 05033. 802-222-5216 x6113 nicole.bell@oesu.org

Orange East SU Plan

Needs Assessment