American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. It is a $1.9 trillion package of assistance measures, including $122 billion for the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. The purpose of ESSER is to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.
Funds are provided to State educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Nation’s students.
Who is eligible to apply for ARP ESSER III funding?
A State must subgrant no less than 90 percent of its total ARP ESSER allocation to local educational agencies (LEAs) (including charter schools that are LEAs) in the State to help meet a wide range of needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, including reopening schools safely, sustaining their safe operation, and addressing students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs resulting from the pandemic
LEA funds may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, ARP ESSER funds may be used to develop strategies and implement public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on reopening and operating schools to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff, as well as:
ESSER III Application Process
The Local Education Agency (LEA) must submit the grant application to TEA in the time and manner requested by the state in order to receive the ESSER III funds. In addition, the PS3013 and 3014 Program Schedules to the application serve as the LEA's required ESSER III Use of Funds Plan.
The LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds. Specifically, the LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with students; families; school and district administrators (including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, and school staff.
The plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds must also be provided in an understandable and uniform format; to the extent practicable, written in a language that parents can understand or, if not practicable, orally translated; and, upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability, provide in an alternative format accessible to that parent.
ESSER Requirements to Consider
The easiest way to learn more about the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief is to reach out to our expert team at Unify Energy Solutions. With a simple call or form submission, we can walk you through the important information to be aware of, including:
- Grant Requirements
- Funding Options
- Allowable Uses
- Grant Reporting
- Audits & Monitoring
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