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CRRSA: Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II)

 
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    CFDA#

    84.425D
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Department of Education (DoEd)

    Summary

    Through the COVID Relief Act of 2021, $81.88 billion was allocated to the US Department of Education (USED) for the Education Stabilization fund. After a small set aside of this total, 67% of the remaining funds were to be used to make supplemental Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Funds grants.


    The ESSER II Fund provides State Education Agencies (SEAs), and their local educational agencies (LEAs), with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had - and continues to have - on elementary and secondary schools across the country. At a time when so many school boards and superintendents have closed campuses for the balance of the school year, ED urges SEAs and LEAs to think creatively and use these funds to facilitate new instructional delivery methods - focusing on investment in the technology infrastructure and professional development and training that will help all students continue to learn through some form of remote learning.


    Generally, though, grant funds awarded under the Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund may be used by Local Education Agencies towards the following:

    1. Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, including the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Educational Equity, Support, and Assistance Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (‘‘IDEA''), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (‘‘the Perkins Act''), or subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
    2. Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
    3. Providing principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
    4. Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.
    5. Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies.
    6. Training and professional development for staff of the local educational agency on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
    7. Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.
    8. Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including for how to provide meals to eligible students, how to provide technology for online learning to all students, how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.) and how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
    9. Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
    10. Providing mental health services and supports.
    11. Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental after-school programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
    12. Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care, of the local educational agency, including by—
      1. Administering and using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable, to accurately assess students' academic progress and assist educators in meeting students' academic needs, including through differentiating instruction.
      2. Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
      3. Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment.
      4. Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
    13. School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce the risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs.
    14. Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification, and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.
    15. Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ existing staff of the local educational agency.
     

    History of Funding

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    SEAs receiving funds under ESSER II shall submit a report to the ED Secretary, not later than 6 months after receiving funding that provides a detailed accounting of the use of funds provided under this section, including how the State is using funds to measure and address learning loss among students disproportionately affected by coronavirus and school closures, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.


    This summary shall be updated once those SEA reports have been submitted.

    Additional Information

    An SEA shall return to the ED Secretary any funds received under ESSER II that the SEA does not award to LEAs within 1 year (January 2022), so that those funds may be reallocated. Funds under this program will remain available for LEA obligation through September 30, 2023. Further, funds may also be used to reimburse any allowable pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national coronavirus emergency was declared.


    Unlike with ESSER funding provided under the CARES act, LEA sub-awardees are not required to provide equitable services to non-public schools under ESSER II.


    An overview of differences between CARES Act ESSER and ESSER II is visible at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/01/Final_ESSERII_Factsheet_1.5.21.pdf

    Contacts

    Christopher Tate

    Christopher Tate
    400 Maryland Ave, SW room 3W229
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 453-6047
     

  • Eligibility Details

    State Education Agency are eligible to apply initially. It is expected that State Education Agencies (SEAs) will then redistribute or regrant awarded funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools, within their jurisdiction.

    Deadline Details

    The ED Secretary shall award funds to each SEA with an approved application within 30 calendar days of the COVID Relief Act enactment. This legislation was signed on December 27, 2020 therefore it is expected that funding shall be awarded to SEAs no later than January 26, 2021.


    LEAs should contact their SEA for steps on how to access these funds once monies have been obligated to the state.


    This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.

    Award Details

    A total of $54,311,004,000 has been allocated for the Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Education Relief Fund.


    The amount of each grant shall be allocated to each State shall be based upon the calculation used to determine the proportion of funding that the State receives under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 in the most recent fiscal year.


    Further, each State shall regrant no less than 90% of the funds awarded to local educational agencies (including charter schools that are local educational agencies) in the State in proportion to the amount of funds such local educational agencies and charter schools that are local educational agencies received under part A of title I of the ESEA of 1965 in the most recent fiscal year.


    With the funds not subgranted to LEAs, the SEA may reserve not more than 1/2 of 1 percent for administrative costs and the remainder for emergency needs as determined by the SEA to address issues responding to coronavirus, including measuring and addressing learning loss, which may be addressed through the use of grants or contracts.


    The total allocation for each state, the minimum amount each SEA must regrant to LEAs, and the maximum amount an SEA is allowed to keep in reserve or use for fund administration are visible at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/01/Final_ESSERII_Methodology_Table_1.5.21.pdf

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