COVID Relief Federal Funding
What is the American Rescue Plan?
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has presented school districts across the country with an incredible opportunity. Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is receiving approximately $207 million to be used over the next three years for COVID-19 response efforts and to address long-term student outcomes that have been impacted by the pandemic.
ARP is the last of the federal funding allotments, totaling $334 million, that SPPS is receiving during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, which must be used to:
SPPS is committed to providing sustainable resources to schools and students, improving teaching and learning, and ensuring a safe return to school for all students and staff. In the coming months and years, supporting students will mean investing in not only their education, but in their human potential to be resilient, adaptive, courageous and successful. These funds present an opportunity for SPPS to be innovative, try new things, and prepare our students for the future while supporting our staff in providing effective instruction, social-emotional learning, health and wellness support, and addressing academic and enrichment gaps within our communities.
SPPS Allocations and Spending Timelines
ARP Planning Timeline
September 21, 2021 -- The Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education approved the district’s plan for spending its American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds over the next three years.
August 30, 2021 -- Minnesota’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.
August 25, 2021 -- Saint Paul Public Schools has spent the past several months gathering input and creating plans for how the district will spend its American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds over the next three school years.
July 23, 2021 -- As part of Saint Paul Public Schools’ work to serve students during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, SPPS meaningfully engaged with a wide range of stakeholders in a needs assessment over the course of the 2020-21 school year.
June 15, 2021 -- SPPS is committed to ensuring that multiple perspectives have been and will continue to be included in prioritizing the use of these funds. The forums will be held virtually and are open to all SPPS families.