Posted Date: 08/19/2021
COPPERAS COVE, TX (August 11, 2021)—You will no longer find traditional water fountains in Copperas Cove ISD schools or departments. Thanks to funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, water fountains across the district have been replaced with water bottle filling stations so students and staff are not drinking after one another.
The filling stations are just one of many strategies the district is using to keep students safe and combat learning loss caused by the pandemic. CCISD also offered more than a dozen summer camps covering all of the core subjects as well as a socio-emotional camp and ESL camp, all funded with ESSER grants.
Recommendations from parents and taxpayers in Copperas Cove are directing much of how the three ESSER grants are spent, said CCISD Federal Funding Coordinator Kim Blalock.
“We received the first one in August of 2020 in the amount of $1,054,000 and it was part of President (Donald) Trump’s CARES Act,” Blalock said. “We surveyed CCISD families and they said the students needed computer devices. We purchased approximately 2,400 laptops for teachers and students who selected the virtual learning option.”
Current President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan released ESSER III funds for which the district applied.
“We once again asked for stakeholder input and developed Back to School and Use of Funds Plans to assure the government how the funds would be spent,” Blalock said. “The total amount of funds the District will receive is $9,921,636 to be used through the 2023-2024 school year. We just received our first allocation of those funds in the amount of $6,614,424. The second allocation will occur this fall.”
Based on responses received from parents and the community, CCISD will spend the ESSER III funds on the following items:
Nearly 85 percent of respondents on the ESSER engagement survey were parents or guardians of students currently enrolled in CCISD. The need for tutoring services for students was overwhelmingly the response from parents of what is needed to reduce learning loss. Additional summer school opportunities which were provided by CCISD this past summer ranked second followed by afterschool classroom instruction. The purchase of more student devices was the most cited need for students in no-/low-income homes followed by tutoring services.