• On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) Act was signed into law. In it, the U.S. Department of Education provides an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). This legislation will award grants to state educational agencies designed to provide local educational agencies with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

    South Carolina will receive $2.1 billion in ESSER III funds from the Act. Ninety percent will be awarded to school districts. The amount of each district’s award is based on the amount of Title I, Part A funds they received in summer 2020 from funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The remaining funds will be used for state-level activities that address issues caused by COVID-19.

    The following plan describes how Lexington County School District One will safely return to in-person instruction and provide a continuity of services for all our schools. This report complies with all ARP Act (Public Law 117-2), the ESSER III grant terms, conditions and assurances (CFDA Number 84.425U), and the interim final rule established by the United States Department of Education’s 86 FR 21195

    Before the district finalized its plan, it conducted focus groups of students, teachers, administrators and parents/guardians. It also invited all parents/guardians, staff and board members to read the plan and provide feedback through surveys. In addition, the district reached out to the district’s Educational Foundation and Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center members and invited them to also provide feedback.

    The feedback from those focus groups and surveys helped district administrators clarify, refine and more clearly communicate the plan presented below. We thank everyone who participated for taking the time to help the district hone its plan.