ARP Funding Priorities for the RCSD
An Unprecedented Opportunity
As part of the federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, school districts across the country will receive additional funding to support student need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rochester City School District will receive an allocation of almost $197 million to invest in our students’ education over the next three years. This is a once in a generation infusion of funds that gives us the opportunity to truly reimagine education in our district. As part of a process of comprehensive planning and stakeholder engagement, the RCSD will use of ARP funds to support the District's strategic priorities and recommendations made by the Independent Monitor in 5 key areas:
Culturally Responsive and Informed
The RCSD is an actively anti-racist organization focused on providing students with affirming learning experiences where diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the center of decision-making.
High-Quality Learning Experiences
Every student has access to and engages with grade-level content and high-quality instructional materials daily.
Each school offers dynamic, innovative, and engaging programs and pathways where all students can find their voice and cultivate their respective passion.
The RCSD provides robust expanded learning opportunities for all students that challenge them to engage in real-world application of their learning.
The RCSD ensures that staff members have the desire, belief, knowledge, and skills to provide high-quality learning experiences to students every day.
Listening to Community Needs
Planning to use these funds has commenced in collaboration with District students, staff, families, and community members. To gather feedback and input, the RCSD created multiple opportunities for all stakeholders to engage with District staff and share their ideas and needs. Careful consideration of community priorities are being taken into account as the District creates a plan to move forward.
As a result of these engagement efforts, the District received hundreds of suggestions from students, families, staff, and community members on prioritizing the use of ARP funding. In analyzing the feedback offered by District stakeholders, it was exciting to find that community priorities mirror the priorities of the District.