In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Education has released three grants for which local education agencies (K-12) can apply. These ESSER grants will provide school districts with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had on elementary and secondary schools. These grants, known as ESSER I, ESSER II, 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).
March 13, 2020
March 13, 2020
March 13, 2020
September 30, 2022
September 30, 2023
September 30, 2024
The District has exhausted all funding from ESSER I.
The District has allocated all funding, but not exhausted at this time.
The District has not alloacted or exhausted at this time.
ESSER funds are designated to be used in any or all of designated areas, which include addressing learning loss, providing professional development, improving indoor air quality, providing social and emotional supports, updating and providing technology, and other areas addressing health standards such as:
Universal and correct mask wearing
Physical distancing and modifications necessary to achieve the same
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Facility cleaning and maintenance
Contract tracing and isolation/quarantine
Diagnostic and screening testing
Accommodations for students with disabilities
Coordination with local health officials
Additional Allowable uses are:
Coordinate emergency funding
Purchase cleaning supplies
Mental health supports
Added needs for at risk population
Coordinated services for long term closures
Other grant allowable expenses
McKinney Vento Expenses
Learning loss (Required for ESSER III)
Improving air quality
Implementing public health acts
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.
Serena CUSD #2 applied to receive its ESSER I allocation in March 2020. Serena’s ESSER I allocation of $ 188,048.00 was used for necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), school supplies and classroom materials. The funds from ESSER I were all spent by December 2020.
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 K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER II. ESSER II funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2023.
Serena CUSD #2 applied to receive its ESSER II allocation in March 2020. Serena’s ESSER II allocation of $863, 370.00 was used for summer school 2021 salaries and stipends, digital platform subscriptions, school supplies for students, ROE #35 partnership programs through June 2023, sanitation and personal protective equipment (PPE). The funds from ESSER II will be spent by May 2021.
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.
Serena’s ESSER III allocation is $1,938,721.00 and was received in July 2021. These funds are supplemental to Serena’s budget and will be used to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. Serena’s plan for ESSER III funds may include SEL support, parent engagement, summer school resources and salaries through 2024, after school enrichment programs, professional development, and flexible seating arrangements for secondary school students. ESSER III funds will be used to address issues with student social emotional and social engagement with peers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Serena CUSD #2 is required by statute to set aside 20 percent of its total ESSER III allocation to address learning loss. ESSER III funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2024.
Feedback Opportunities for ESSER III
Board of Education Meeting Presentation (August 4, 20201)
Posting 2021-2022 ESSER Return to Learn Plan on the District Website (August 5, 2021)
Stakeholder Survey (August 6-13, 2021)
30 Day Hearing Period to Consider Community Feedback (August 16, 2021 - September 17, 2021)
Final Approval at September Board of Education Meeting (September 23, 2021)