CRRSA & ARPA ThoughtExchange
Posted on 05/21/2021

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act or CRRSA provided a little over 2.5 million dollars in funding to the district to offset costs caused by the pandemic and support the academic and social emotional needs of students. The American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA provided a little over 5.6 million dollars in funding to the district to provide financial relief and respond to the learning loss resulting from the pandemic.

Both acts require that schools submit a report on how funds will be spent. Listed below is a breakdown of how the funding should be used for each act. Part of the rule calls for districts to seek input from students, educators and community groups. We are using ThoughtExchange to hear everyone’s voice and understand what is most important to you by asking the question, “How do you believe the CRRSA and ARPA funding would be best utilized to support our students? What are the immediate needs of Oneida students and staff that can be alleviated with these funds?”.

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Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

  • Coordination of preparedness and response efforts to prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus.
  • Purchasing educational technology
  • Providing mental health services
  • Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students with disabilities, English language learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness and foster care youth.
  • Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs
  • School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards
  • Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services


American Rescue Plan Act

  • Activities allowed by the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015)
  • Evidence-based programs addressing learning loss, including: summer learning; supplemental after-school programs; classroom instruction or online learning during summer months; and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care
  • Resources for in-person learning (hiring/layoff prevention, PPE, social distancing support, and more)
  • Improvements in Wi-Fi and broadband access
  • Educational technology purchases
  • Discretionary funds for school principals to address the needs of their individual schools
  • Other activities necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services


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To use ThoughtExchange, you'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group. You can rate as many thoughts as you’d like before moving on to Discover where you can see all the thoughts sorted by the average star rating.

Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on as we search for a new Superintendent of Schools.  Participation will be open until midnight on May 24, 2021.

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