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Return to Learn Plan & ESSER III Plan

Under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III ARP Fund (ESSER III), funds have been allocated to address the impact that Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.  The ESSER III Plan outlines how funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III will be used by East St. Louis School District 189. This plan focuses on four areas to ensure the safety of our students and staff as well as addresses learning loss that occurred during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The four primary areas of focus prioritized to maximize in-person instruction include:

  1. Prevention and mitigation strategies
  2. Addressing the academic impact of lost instructional time
  3. Other interventions
  4. Responding to the needs of all students


Please review the District’s DRAFT Return to Learn Plan for School Year 2022-2023 HERE.  Students, parents, as well as community stakeholders, are invited to share feedback regarding the proposed plan via survey by Tuesday, August 16, 2022.  You may access the survey here:

While the school year will begin under the outline of the draft Return to Learn Plan, community feedback will be incorporated into the final Return to Learn Plan before it is approved by the Board of Education in mid August.  Additional revisions may be made based on fluid and changing guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  The most current Return to Learn Plan will be posted on our website.

Please review the RETURN TO LEARN PLAN-updated March 2022. 

The district’s original RETURN TO LEARN PLAN for School Year 2021-2022 was posted in August 2021. For the Spanish version, Click Here. Students, parents, as well as community stakeholders, were invited to share feedback regarding the proposed plan via survey by Friday, August 13. This survey is now closed.