ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds)

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  • ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Education has released three grants for which local education agencies (LEAs) can apply through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). These grants, known as ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III, were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA); and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

     青涩直播 ESSER Allocations

    CARES Act: ESSER I

    In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The CARES Act dedicated $13.2 billion for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER I. The intent and purpose of ESSER I funding is to provide emergency relief funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. ESSER I funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2022.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD applied to receive its ESSER I allocation in August 2020. 青涩直播 Worth ISD’s ESSER I allocation was not supplemental to 青涩直播 Worth ISD; instead, ESSER I funds were used by the Texas Education Agency to offset the loss of average daily attendance (ADA) through the Foundation School Program (FSP) under Texas school finance.

     

    The CARES Act required 青涩直播 Worth ISD to set aside a portion of its ESSER I allocation to provide equitable services to participating private non-profit schools. Of the $29,311,626 allocated to 青涩直播 Worth ISD, private non-profit schools received $1,164,136. 青涩直播 Worth ISD used its internal allocation of $28,147,490 to maintain salaries and provide internet connectivity.


    CRRSA: ESSER II

    In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) was signed into law. CRRSA dedicated an additional $54.3 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER II. The Texas Education Agency released the grant application on June 4, 2021, and 青涩直播 Worth ISD’s ESSER II allocation is $116,461,384. ESSER II funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2023.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD is not required to provide equitable services to private non-profit schools with ESSER II funds. Private non-profit schools receive separate funding from TEA under the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) I grant.


    ARP: ESSER III

    In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law. ARP dedicated $122 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER III. The intent and purpose of ESSER III is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus on students.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD’s ESSER III allocation is $261,555,722. These funds are supplemental to 青涩直播 Worth ISD and will be used to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. Based on guidance from TEA and feedback from students, parents, and other stakeholder groups, 青涩直播 Worth ISD’s plan for ESSER III funds is focused on evidence-based practices to support teachers, provide high-quality instructional materials, create more time for learning, and empower parents.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD is not required to provide equitable services to private non-profit schools with ESSER III funds. Private non-profit schools can apply for funding from TEA under the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) II grant.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD will utilize ESSER III funds to address issues that have risen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 青涩直播 Worth ISD is required by statute to set aside 20 percent of its total ESSER III allocation to address learning loss. 青涩直播 Worth ISD is also required to develop two plans: a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan and a Use of Funds Plan. These plans are linked below and will be reviewed every six months and revised, as necessary. ESSER III funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2024.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD's Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan is posted here.

     

    青涩直播 Worth ISD's ESSER III Use of Funds Plan is posted here.

     

    Resources

     

     

     

ESSER III Survey

ESSER III Board Meeting Reports

Community Information Sessions