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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Stakeholder Input


American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

July 29, 2021


On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law. This plan allows for the US Department of Education to distribute additional funds to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). South Carolina will receive just over 2 billion dollars in ESSER III Funds from the Act. The purpose of these funds is to provide local education agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. These funds will provide support to our schools over the next three years.


Anderson School District 1 will receive $12.2 million dollars from the Act. At least 20% of funds must address learning loss. An ESSER III spending plan must be submitted to the state department for approval that includes allowable expenditures in 15 areas or “buckets.”  For more information on the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act please click here


Feedback received from schools, district leadership and our Board of Trustees indicated needs in the following areas: 


  • Class size reduction teachers 
  • Intervention services
  • Special Education positions
  • Summer School Programs
  • After School Programs
  • Supplies and Equipment
  • Mental Health/Behavior Therapy
  • Academic Coaches
  • Grant Objective Costs

Anderson School District 1 is seeking input from all stakeholders regarding the draft spending plan. Please click here for an itemized draft of Anderson School District One’s plan. Please provide any feedback, questions, or recommendations by Friday, August 13, 2021 to: