The School District of Philadelphia is allocating ESSER funding toward supporting students and families in schools most affected by gun violence. Schools in these communities will receive greater trauma, mental health, and social-emotional supports. The funding will also help provide multi-faceted and evidence-based school climate programming aimed at fostering strong relationships and building community. By doing so, the district aims to support students’ mental health, build emotional resilience, and develop skill sets required to break the cycle of violence.
We are spotlighting this because it is a timely and thoughtful use of recovery funds given the rise in gun violence nationally and appears to be a thoughtful local response to recent incidents in the Philadelphia community.