COVID funds

Dearborn Public Schools has been allocated almost $121 million in various waves of CARES and ESSERS covid relief funds. Every dollar of the funding came with restrictions on what items the money could be used for. The district is set to receive another $23 million, but as of February 2022 the state had not released those funds.

Spreadsheet with more details for each spending category 4-21-22

See our poster graphic here

See the Feb. 16, 2022 press release

Year one $19.7 million

For simplicity, we have combined five funding programs that had to be spent over the first 18 months of the pandemic. This money could not be spent on capital improvements to buildings. This money had to be spent by Sept. 30, 2021.

$1.5 million for staff retention and recruitment

$3.7 million for staff for online learning

$4.9 million on social-emotional health staffing

$3.3 million on professional development and training

$178,090 to expanded summer school

$2 million on COVID mitigation equipment and supplies

$265,504 on technology purchases

$3.7 million on online learning services or supplies

$209,084 in indirect costs

ESSERS II $38.3 million

This funding must be spent before Sept. 30, 2022. The chart shows funds already spent and those budgeted. Our robust 2021 summer school program accounted for 60 percent of this funding. Initially, this money could not be spent on capital improvements to buildings.

$1.7 million on staff retention and recruitment

$2.7 million for staff for online learning

$5.1 million on staff for social-emotional/mental health

$555,872 on professional development and training

$23 million on expanded summer school

No money on mitigation equipment and supplies

$3.7 million on technology

$827,006 on online learning services and supplies

$655,000 on indirect costs

ESSERS III $63.0 million

This funding must be spent before Sept. 30, 2023. The chart shows reflects budgeted items. The bulk of the funding – 64 percent – is going to capital improvements related to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. This is the only type of building work that the funding may be used for.

$9.8 million on staff retention and recuitment

$2.9 million on staff for online learning

$5.2 million on staff for social-emotional/mental health

$58,666 on professional development and training

No money for expanded summer school

No money for COVID mitigation equipment and supplies

$2 million on technology

$2.8 million for online learning services and supplies

$220,564 for indirect costs

$40 million for building work related to HVAC