Live, Learn, Play
In July 2021 the United States Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education allocated more than $150 million in American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) to RPS 205 to support recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
Nearly $36 million of the total award is devoted to supporting students who have experienced interrupted learning and development.
In the 2020-21 school year, the City of Rockford, Alignment Rockford, the Rockford Park District, and Rockford Public Schools created Live, Learn, Play – a community initiative dedicated to saturating our city with opportunities for students to re-engage with academics, recreation, and social activities after experiencing social distancing protocols and interrupted learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the strategic allocation of ARP ESSER funding and careful alignment of community resources to the district’s universal goals, together we can expand Live, Learn, Play and provide students with the academic, social-emotional, and developmental support to recover, re-engage, and thrive.
RPS 205 views the ARP ESSER funds as an opportunity to dramatically extend the student day, week, and year. We believe these funds serve as a Call to Action to all of us – from the classroom to the boardroom to the living room – to re-imagine our partnerships. At the center of our strategy to make an impact with ARP ESSER is the variable of time. We must collectively commit to extend learning time for students so that they can continue to grow – academically and personally – and achieve.