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    U.S. Department of Education Approves Nevada State Plan for Use of American Rescue Plan Act Funds (ARP ESSER)

    September 13, 2021

    CarsonCity, Nev.- Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the approval of Nevada’s American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARPESSER) plan  and distributed remaining ARP ESSER funds to them. Nevada’s plan details how the State is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds to safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and equitably expand opportunity for students who need it most, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Earlierthis year, the Department distributed two-thirds of the ARP ESSER funds, totaling $81 billion, to 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nevada is receiving more than $1 billion total in ARP ESSER funds, and today’s approval of their plan will result in the release of the final $358 million.

    “Iam excited to announce approval of Nevada’s plan,” said U.S. Secretary ofEducation Miguel Cardona. “It is heartening to see, reflected in these state plans, the ways in which states are thinking deeply about how to use American Rescue Plan funds to continue to provide critical support to schools and communities, particularly as we look ahead to the upcoming academic year. The approval of these plans enables states to receive vital, additional AmericanRescue Plan funds to quickly and safely reopen schools for full-time, in-person learning; meet students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs; and address disparities in access to educational opportunity that were exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The state plans that have been submitted to the Department lay the groundwork for the ways in which an unprecedented infusion of federal resources will be used to address the urgent needs of America’s children and build back better.”

     “Our Nevada ARP ESSER state plan prioritizes supporting the social, emotional, and mental well-being of our students, educators, and staff; addressing the impacts of interrupted learning; and recruiting and retaining the effective educators needed to meet those goals,” said Nevada State Superintendent of PublicInstruction Jhone Ebert. “I am infinitely proud of our state’s innovative and inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery, and we look forward to using this turning point to reimagine our education system and ensure equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities for every student.”

    “With today’s approval on our ARP ESSER State Plan, Nevada is able to move ahead to bring these important projects to life in a way that will serve our students, families, educators, and staff throughout the State,” said Governor Sisolak. “I commend Superintendent Ebert and her team at the Nevada Department of Education for their hard work on compiling our ARP ESSER State Plan in a way that is reflective of the needs of all stakeholders involved with Nevada’s education system.”

    “I worked hard to make sure the American Rescue Plan included funding to get kids back into classrooms and help Nevada’s teachers and schools get the resources they need to support our students every day,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. “Addressing the mental health crisis affecting our kids has been a top priority for me, and Nevada’s plans demonstrate the state’s commitment to supporting students in and outside of the classroom. I’m so pleased to see these plans for using this money have been approved by the Department of Education, so these dollars can get into our communities and support our students.”

    “Prior to coming to Congress, I spent my career working in education, and I know just how tough this pandemic has been on our students and teachers,” said Rep. SusieLee. “I was proud to vote to pass the American Rescue Plan, which included robust funding for schools, and now—thanks to that funding—our kids are safelyback in school. But there is so much work to be done to support students, both socially and academically, after a year of distance learning. I’m so glad to see that Nevada will be receiving these funds to help address learning loss and get our students the resources they need to succeed.” 

    “Nevada’s students, teachers, and families have faced unprecedented hardship from theCOVID-19 pandemic—but today, help is here. The Biden-Harris Administration andCongress secured much-needed education relief funding through the AmericanRescue Plan, and I am glad to see the Department of Education approve Nevada’splan to use these funds,” said Rep. Steven Horsford. “Nevada’s ESSER III Allocation will help us keep students safe and address the learning loss of the past year, which has taken a disproportionate toll on students of color, students with special education needs, English language learners, and those in rural and low-income communities.”

    “This pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for students, educators, and parents in Southern Nevada,” said Rep. Dina Titus. “ We need to ensure these critical funds provided by Congress in the American Rescue Plan will provide Nevada schools the resources they need to help students safely return toin-person learning, address learning loss in disadvantaged communities, and provide wrap-around services for underserved students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

    Nevada’sARP ESSER State Plan, approved by the Department today, shows how the State is using federal pandemic resources to support safe in-person instruction and meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students—with afocus on the students most impacted by the pandemic. For example: 

    • Safely Reopening Schools and Sustaining Safe Operations: For the 2021-2022 school year, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) provided guidance and resources to ensure safe and welcoming learning environments for all students and maximized opportunities for in-person learning. In addition to detailing emergency plans for distance education in their reopening plans, Nevada districts continue to promote vaccinations among teachers, staff, families, and eligible students by providing information about COVID-19 vaccination, encouraging vaccine trust and confidence, and establishing supportive policies and practices that make getting vaccinated as easy and convenient as possible.
    • Investing in Expanded Afterschool Programs: NDE will award $10.7 million in funds reserved for afterschool programs to districts through a competitive grant process that ensures afterschool programs are evidence-based and address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on traditionally underserved student groups. Based on stakeholder feedback and data, the afterschool programs will support early learning, instructional support, credit recovery, and social and emotional support for students.
    • Supporting Students’ and Educators’ Social, Emotional, and Mental HealthNeeds: NDE will allocate $7.5million to support districts and charter schools in hiring 100 additional school-based mental health professionals, including school counselors, schoolsocial workers, school psychologists, and school mental health workers. Additionally, NDE will spend $1.7 million to hire a Multi-Tiered System of Support coach for every district.  

    On July 9, 2021, the Nevada Department of Education published a draft of its ARP ESSERState Plan, which was open for public comment until August 9, 2021. The Plan was developed based on robust stakeholder consultation, with hundreds of stakeholders including students; educators; families; Tribal Nations; civil rights organizations; and school and district administrators, among many others.

    In addition to the $107 million in funding available to the Nevada Department ofEducation, the 17 county school districts and State Public Charter SchoolAuthority received a cumulative $966 million through the American Rescue PlanAct, for which they also created spending plans in consultation with their local communities.

    For more information on Federal Relief Funding, including allocations to Local Education Agencies, please visit NDE’s Federal Relief Funding for K-12 Education webpage.