Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, funding was allocated to the US Department of Education (USED) to make another supplemental round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Funds grants. These funds are to be used in addition to those already provided under the Education Stabilization Fund via the CARES and CRRSA Acts.
The ESSER III 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.
LEAs that receive ESSER III funds must reserve at least 20% of their allocation to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs. Further they must ensure that such interventions respond to student's unique academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on student subgroups including racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, English language learners, gender, migrant status, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.
Of an LEA's remaining ESSER III allotment, grant funds may be used towards the following:
Allocations for individual LEAs can be found at https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/admin/Files/FY21_ESSER_3_-_Prelims_Mar_2021_20210601124841.pdf
An SEA shall return to the ED Secretary any funds received under ESSER III that the SEA does not award to LEAs within 1 year, 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 III.
Note: LEAS that receive ESSER III funds shall develop and make publicly available on the local educational agency's website, not later than 30 days after receiving the allocation of funds, a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction, and continuity of services. Further, before making the plan publicly available, the LEA shall seek public comment on the said plan and take such comments into account in the final development of the plan. If the LEA has already developed a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction before March 11, 2021, that meets the public comment requirements described above, that plan shall be deemed to satisfy this requirement.
Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools, within the state of Arkansas are eligible.
Note: Unlike ESSER allocations made available under the CARES Act, ESSER III does not require awardees to provide equitable services to non-public schools. Non-public schools are instead instructed to seek support under their state's Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (GEER EANS) Program.
Part A (LEA Plan for Continuity of Services) was due on April 15, 2021.
Part B (LEA Signed Assurances) is due on June 24, 2021 in the ESSER folder in Indistar
Part C (LEA Plan for Use of ARP ESSER Funds) is due on August 15, 2021 in the ESSER folder in Indistar and posted on the district's website.
This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.
A total of $122,774,800,000 has been allocated for the Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Education Relief Fund. From funds provided USED shall use $800,000,000 for the purposes of identifying homeless children and youth and providing homeless children and youth with:
From the remaining $121,974,800,000, USED shall make grants to each State Educational Agency. 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:
This summary will be updated once information is available on 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 once available.