New York, New York
August 12, 2021
To School and District Leaders:
Yesterday, Representatives Bowman (NY-16), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Mondaire Jones (NY-17), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Cori Bush (MO-1) sent a letter to President Biden and Secretary of Education Cardona asking that all schools be required to immediately inventory the vulnerabilities and needs of students and families and that the government take steps to support interagency collaboration and strong community partnerships so that students and families are connected to resources and supports in a timely fashion:
"The urgency for needs mapping and interagency collaboration spans several intersecting issues. In addition to the housing crisis that predates the pandemic, the number of children who are facing food insecurity, grieving the loss of a caregiver, and experiencing the isolation of being disconnected from in-person learning for an extended period of time has skyrocketed. Without reliably updated systems in place to identify emerging student needs in real-time, students and their families can suffer in isolation. Without strong networks of support in place, students and families are at risk of losing out on lifesaving resources."
Evictions, immunocompromised status, food insecurity, loss of a primary caregiver, and mental health issues are just a few of the many vulnerabilities that must be tracked in order to inform a strategic response.
The Representatives go on to point out that the actions and investments necessary to put these systems and people into place are allowable under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, which Congress passed and President Biden signed into law this past March.
See the full letter here
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