Did you know? You can request a part of your district's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Act funding to purchase technology for your PE classes, like IHT ZONE heart rate monitors!
ESSER Funding Overview
- Schools have received three rounds of ESSER funding.
- ESSER I funding expired on Sept. 30, 2022.
- ESSER II funding must be spent by Sept. 30, 2023.
- ESSER III funding must be spent by Sept. 30, 2024.
How Much ESSER Funding is Still Available?
- As of Jan. 31, 2023, $15.7 billion (30% of the total) from ESSER II hasn't been spent.
- For ESSER III, $84 billion (71% of the total) remains unspent.
“Schools have been given this money and they should find ways to spend it to make sure kids have what they need,” Arizona Department of Education Title IV-A Safe, Healthy and Active Students Specialist Keri Schoeff told IHT in February.
How to Request ESSER Funding for Heart Rate Monitors
- Develop a proposal explaining how using heart rate technology meets ESSER guidelines:
- Contributes to a well-rounded education.
- Promotes safe and healthy schools.
- Ensures effective use of technology.
- Get familiar with the amount of federal funding allocated to your state and district.
- Talk to your school's leadership about your proposal and ask for help submitting it to the district level.
- Be confident that ESSER funding can apply to programs using heart rate technology to boost student health.
"Federal funds can 100% support fitness tracking devices and technology in health and physical education," Schoeff said. “These are things we want to be teaching our students. We want our students to be fit individually and devices like (IHT’s) do a great job of helping kids really individualize and personalize learning. This is something our country supports in its federal education law.”
Remember, investing in heart rate monitors and other fitness technology is an excellent way to help your students stay healthy and active. Don't miss out on the opportunity to use ESSER funds for your PE classroom!
“It’s important for you to know that you can use (this funding) for technology such as this,” Schoeff concluded. “If you think about ‘how can I get my students healthy?’, that’s right where we live.”