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Helping you navigate the American Rescue Plan Act complexities.

K12 Education

In March, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced nearly 122 billion dollars in ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding for all states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. ARP ESSER funding will support the safe reopening of K12 schools and efforts to address the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19 on learning and student wellbeing. The resources on this landing page support K12 decision makers with key considerations for COVID-19 recovery, with an emphasis on maximizing equity in education during this crucial transition.

Learn how school districts can leverage stimulus funding to address important needs including disrupted learning, digital equity, gaps in homework and communication and cybersecurity.
This Education Week Spotlight on The American Rescue Plan is a collection of articles hand-picked by EdWeek editors for their insights on the evolving landscape for budgets, what can be done to support the most vulnerable, summer learning collaborations, and how equity fits into education ethics.
This Education Week Spotlight on Online Student Safety is a collection of articles hand-picked by EdWeek editors for their insights on possible digital vulnerabilities; how students may be partaking in digital self-harm; popular platforms; whether students are being groomed to accept over-surveillance; and the safety of students’ data storage.
This Education Week Spotlight on Student Mental Health is a collection of articles hand-picked by EdWeek editors for their insights on what schools can do to shift their approach to mental health supports; those often forgotten; new statistics surrounding child abuse and what some schools are doing about the changes; tips for connecting with students of color; and strategies to support teacher mental health and forming community relationships.
Over the last year, school districts across the country have faced the challenge of connecting with students at home. Providing equitable access is critical in this new hybrid landscape. Watch this webinar on how schools and districts can address the challenge of providing all students with the same opportunity to learn with both hardware and software solutions. Panelists discuss how to address connectivity issues on campus and at home and how to navigate the multitude of resources available today.
During the pandemic, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recognized that their community needed support in a time of unprecedented school closings. LAUSD, the second largest school district in the US that serves almost 700,000 students, needed to move fast to implement a way to communicate the latest information with parents, teachers, and the wider community. With AWS, LAUSD was able to stand up call centers using Amazon Connect within a matter of days. These call centers are used to field IT questions, provide remote support, and enable staff to answer calls. LAUSD subsequently opened an additional mental health hotline for those in need of help to manage fear, anxiety, and other challenges.
In this social media video, Steve Langford, chief information officer for Beaverton School District discusses why his district adopted Amazon AppStream 2.0 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch to learn how AppStream 2.0 helped keep career and technical learning going throughout the school year and make curriculum accessible to all students—at any time and place. As public health conditions continue to necessitate remote, hybrid, and flexible learning scenarios, on-demand access to learning remains more important than ever.