Through the end of September 2024, Katy ISD will use the remaining $24.75 million of its third round of Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Funds to continue addressing learning loss, student well-being and the safe operation of schools following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two-minute impact

Since being allocated $67 million in ESSER III funds from the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021, the district has used the federal stimulus to support activities that align with these themes—said Nakia Coy, KISD director of federal programs and external funding, at a June 26 meeting.

Some of the activities and programs ESSER III has funded include:
  • Career and technical education
  • Summer learning
  • After-school programs
  • Parent and family assistance
  • Attendance and engagement
  • Public health protocols
  • Staff retention
Only $747,240 remains in the fund balance for ESSER II—which ends in September. KISD was allocated $29 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which the state supplanted, or reduced, by $3.9 million.

What's left of the ESSER II funds will be split between salaries, reading academy payments, expenditures and indirect costs, Coy told board members.

The district will continue implementing these federally sponsored programs and monitoring their progress while collecting feedback from stakeholders, Coy said. Another update will be made to the board in December.

Related highlights

Coy also presented information on several federal grant applications the district will submit the week of June 26. In sum, these grants total more than $32 million.

These funds will be dedicated to programs that benefit economically disadvantaged students; professional development; English language learners; student health and safety; children with disabilities; career and technical education; as well as students who are homeless.

Money from these grants will be awarded in July, Coy said.