All four Shelby County school districts were allocated Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Phase III funds.

According to the Indiana Department of Education, this round of ESSER funding can be used for the following:

Providing mental health supports

Planning and implementing summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs and activities

Focuses on addressing learning loss through evidence based programming.

Activities addressing the unique needs of student subgroups

Training and PD on minimizing the spread of infectious diseases

Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean

Planning and coordination during long-term closures (such as food service, devices for access to virtual education)

Coordination of preparedness and response efforts and coordination with health departments

Inspecting, testing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading projects to improve indoor air quality of school buildings

School facility repairs and improvements to reduce transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards

Activities necessary to maintain operations and continue services

Purchasing education technology

Any activity allowed under ESEA, IDEA, AEFLA, or Perkins

Shelby Eastern Schools was allocated $819,908.24. They plan to use this for some security equipment and HVAC upgrades (which in turn increases air quality), as discussed at its last school board meeting.

“We are in the planning phase now,” Superintendent Todd Hitchcock said in an email. “We plan to work with our teaching staff to address some instructional/staffing needs. We also plan to make a significant investment in educational technology. We may have some recommendations ready by the May board meeting, but some are still going to be in the planning phase for a little while longer.”

Northwestern Consolidated School Corporation (AKA Triton Central Schools) was allocated $1,487,876.49.

Superintendent Chris Hoke said the district is “in the initial planning process now” and no decisions have been made yet in regards to how they will use this money.

Southwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County was allocated $659,895.79. An attempt was made to reach out to the school’s interim superintendent with no response.

Shelbyville Central Schools was allocated $4,970,010.28.

“We are still in the decision making process in regards to both ESSER II and III,” Superintendent Mary Harper said in an email. “We will know more by mid May.”