2021-2022 Operating Plan

operating plan


As a requirement of ESSER III, school districts are required to post the preliminary opening plan document prior to June 24, 2021. Revisions to the plan will be made in July based on updated guidance. Please continue to check back for further updates throughout the school year. You can also provide input at any time using the community feedback form.

Posted: 6/21/2021; Last updated 8/2/2021


The unprecedented challenges of Covid-19 impacted school districts throughout the nation. Extended school closures in many areas of the country resulted in significant learning loss for students and additional stressors for families attempting to balance work and learning from home.

While our local community certainly felt the impact of the pandemic, students in the EVSC were still able to reap the benefits of learning in school with their teachers and peers. We take great pride in the decisions we made during this difficult time, which resulted in our school district being the largest public school system in the entire Midwest to provide continuous, uninterrupted in-person instruction. This achievement was accomplished through the dedication and hard work of our employees, families, community partners and students.

Looking ahead to the 2021-22 school year, we expect nothing less than another successful year for our 22,000 students. Once again this year, the EVSC will be open five days a week for in-person instruction. This opening plan contains important information regarding the decisions that are being made to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Updates to this information will be made based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana State Department of Health and the Vanderburgh County Health Department. A key reason for our success during the past year was our consistent collaboration with state and local health officials. This reliance on their expertise will continue as we monitor the conditions of Covid-19 and make decisions that will impact the schools of the EVSC.
 ESSER III Funding

What is ESSER Funding?
The purpose of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds in general is to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. The ESSER Funds are part of the third stimulus and emergency COVID relief funding stream authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Of the total amount allocated to an LEA from the State’s ARP ESSER III award, the LEA must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. Remaining LEA funds may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

How much funding will the EVSC receive?
ESSER III is a third stimulus and emergency COVID relief funding stream authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act that was enacted in March 2021. While all public school districts are eligible for ESSER III funding, the allocation formula is equitably based on the district's share of Title 1 allocation. EVSC will receive up to $53,926,902.61 for ESSER III funding that will be available through a reimbursement process for expenses paid by EVSC. ESSER III funds must be encumbered (meaning all approved activities have occurred) by 9/30/2024. The last date for liquidation and final reimbursement is 12/15/2024.

Can I provide input on EVSC’s ESSER Planning?
Yes, you can submit recommendations to EVSC here.

ESSER reimbursement