Relief Funding and Alma

Unlike legacy SIS, Alma qualifies for ESSER funding. Here’s how:

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Allowable usage of relief funding:

Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population”

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Purchasing educational technology (hardware, software, and connectivity) for students, that aids in the regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive or adaptive technology”

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Summer learning and supplemental after-school programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care”

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services in LEAs and to continuing the employment of their existing staff”

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Addressing learning loss among all students in all subgroups, including by:

  • Administering high-quality, reliable assessments that can assess student academic progress and assist educators in meeting student needs, including by using differentiated instruction.
  • Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
  • Providing information and assistance to parents and families on ways to support students.
  • Tracking student performance and engagement in distance learning environments. CRRSA Act Section 313(d)(12)”

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“ARP-ESSER III stipulates that 20% of funds distributed to LEA’s need to be provisioned to programs (summer school, tutoring, etc) aimed at mitigating learning loss and the tools needed to carry out/administer this programming”

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards and support student health needs. CRRSA Act Section 313(d)(13)”

Here’s 17 ways how:

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Schedule a chat with your regional Alma representative to go over your strategy to maximize available relief funding.

Alma SIS cannot keep growing without the continuing collaboration and partnership of educational leaders like you.

From attending Q&A sessions, panel discussions, webinars, conferences, sending us user stories, and amazing testimonials, your stories have not only impacted everyone here at Alma, but show how deeply you care about the success of your students.

Because of your critical feedback and requests to better serve your learning community’s unique needs, this year Alma has been able to create and rollout programs like:

Navigator, to give administrators a better onboarding experience and more control over workflows across their schools

App Center, to make sure your school or district is able to seamlessly integrate mission-critical 3rd party applications …

And Alma’s Spanish parent and student portal, for more accessible communication with your students and their families, increasing family engagement and promoting equitable educational practices.

Above all, we are incredibly grateful for your tenacity, creativity, care, intentionality, and commitment to the students and families you serve.

We can’t think of anything more worthy of celebration. So here’s to you!

From all of us at Alma, may you enjoy this season of gratitude, celebration, and collaboration not just in this last month of 2021 but into 2022, and beyond.

Alma will be with you every step of the way. Cheers!

Andrew Herman

Co-founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mike Oliver

Co-Founder + Head of Product

Elizabeth Long

Co-Founder + Vice President of Services