June 28, 2021
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This week we look at early indications of district spending plans based on the recent stimulus, as well as some major retailers and how their locations differ when compared to regional learning patterns from last Back to School season.
We have no updates this week on our School Mask Policy Tracker.
As school districts begin heading into 2021/22, there are some terms that are worth highlighting as they are going to appear regularly related to the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ESSER), which provided funding to K-12 schools as part of the recent Federal stimulus plan. This FAQ offers some detail on the mechanics, and the acronyms. The most important terms are State Educational Associations (SEAs) and Local Educational Associations (LEAs, or School Districts). At least 90% of all funding is required to be passed through SEAs to LEAs and we expect this funding to be highlighted in initiative announcements for next year.
First we take a look at major grocery chains. The return of the lunchroom means, among other things, more "lunch box" food purchased by parents. As a percentage of their locations, Albertson's is indexing against a much higher 'virtual' area from a year ago than other chains.
Next we look at Walmart, Target and Best Buy. Walmart is indexing against parts of the country that had highest in-person indexes last Fall among this group.
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