Sánchez delivers $13 million check to WUHSD as part of the American Rescue Plan’s school relief fund

July 8, 2021
Press Release

NORWALK – On Thursday, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) delivered a check in the amount of $13,754,518 to Whittier Union High School District to highlight the funding the school district received through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III).

ESSER III was established by the American Rescue Plan to help elementary and secondary schools address disruptions to teaching and learning caused by the pandemic and get students back in the classroom safely and quickly. This event is part of Congresswoman Sánchez’s efforts to meet with city councils, school boards, colleges and universities, business owners, essential workers, and other community leaders across the 38th Congressional District to discuss relief funds and ongoing efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“This year away from the classroom has been tough for many kids, especially our younger students,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “As schools return to in-person learning, we must ensure they have the resources they need to not only keep teachers, students, and staff safe, but also meet their academic, social, and emotional needs in the wake of this pandemic. The American Rescue Plan, which I voted for in March, provides K-12 schools with those very tools. I am proud to be here today to highlight the $13 million Whittier Union High School District has received through this relief package.”

“Whittier Union High School District is immensely grateful for Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, who helped make the recovery of our schools a priority in the American Rescue Plan,” said WUHSD Superintendent Martin Plourde. “We want to recover thoughtfully, and thank the Congresswoman for providing the resources to help us move forward following a very challenging year.” Whittier Union will collaborate with each of its schools to allocate the funds in a manner that supports the needs of all students.

Tentative plans for the funding include: increasing the focus on students’ social-emotional learning, reducing class sizes to support learning recovery, adding additional social workers to campuses, upgrading technology to address student and staff needs, assisting with college application fees, increasing parent outreach efforts, funding extracurricular activities, enhancing positive learning environments across all sites, and supporting staff with professional learning.

Congresswoman Sánchez continued: “This funding from the American Rescue Plan goes directly to help Southern California schools, teachers, administrators, students, and families. It is an historic investment that will fund crucial summer and afterschool programs, hire additional educators to address learning loss, and implement strategies that will keep everyone healthy. Our community is better off when our kids have what they need to succeed at school.”

ESSER III provided $15 billion for K-12 schools across California. In addition to WUHSD, 19 other school districts in and around California’s 38th congressional district will benefit from this funding.

 

The following local school districts are receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund:

  • ABC Unified School District
  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • Bellflower Unified School District
  • Buena Park School District
  • Centralia Elementary School District
  • Cypress School District
  • East Whittier City School District
  • El Monte Union High School District
  • El Rancho Unified School District
  • Fullerton Joint Union High School District
  • Little Lake City School District
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Montebello Unified School District
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
  • Paramount Unified School District
  • South Whittier School District
  • Valle Lindo School District
  • Whittier City School District
  • Whittier Union High School District

 

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