What is ESSER Funding?
The purpose of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds in general 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. The ESSER Funds are part of the third stimulus and emergency COVID relief funding stream authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Of the total amount allocated to an LEA from the State’s ARP ESSER III award, the LEA must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. Remaining LEA funds may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
How much funding will Hamilton Southeastern Schools receive?
ESSER III is a third stimulus and emergency COVID relief funding stream authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act that was enacted in March 2021. While all public school districts are eligible for ESSER III funding, the allocation formula is equitably based on the district's share of Title 1 allocation. HSE received $2,948,752.50 for ESSER III funding that will be available through a reimbursement process for expenses paid by the Corporation. ESSER III funds must be encumbered (meaning all approved activities have occurred) by 9/30/2024. The last date for liquidation and final reimbursement is 12/15/2024.