Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Overview
ESSER funds come from three separate federal Acts:
ESSER I – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The ESSER funds under the CARES Act were provided to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to address the impact that the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools in Florida. This includes developing and implementing plans for educational services and continued learning, whether school campuses are open or closed.
The ESSER I information reflected in the dashboard reflects the total grant allocation, which included allocations and expenditures for charter and private schools.
ESSER II – The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
The ESSER II funds under the CRRSA Act are provided to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to address the impact that the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools in Florida. This includes helping school districts and other LEAs safely reopen schools, restore and maintain high-quality learning environments, measure and effectively address significant learning loss, and take other actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the students and families who depend on our K-12 schools.
ESSER II funds were broken into 5 separate grant programs through the Florida Department of Education:
Each ESSER II grant program has a separate application with unique requirements. The ESSER II information reflected in the dashboard indicates the total of ESSER II funds that have been allocated to the district by the Florida Department of Education to date. This amount is inclusive of charter school allocations and expenditures. Private schools work directly with the state for ESSER II awards.
- Advance Lump Sum
- Balance of Lump Sum
- Academic Acceleration
- Non-Enrollment Assistance
- Technology Assistance
ESSER III – The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
HCPS is awaiting information regarding this funding from the Florida Department of Education. The Florida Department of Education has not released applications to access ESSER III funding. Information on ESSER III from the United States Department of Education may be found at American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.