Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER I, II & III) are a significant part of the US Stimulus Funds that are available to states and LEAs. The funds can be used for different elements of education offerings, including education technology. The major categories where ESSER funding can be allocated are: Blended, Virtual & Hybrid Learning and Addressing Learning Loss.

The American Rescue Plan Act, passed on March 11, 2021, provided $122.7 billion in supplemental ESSER funding, known as the ESSER III fund; the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education outlines state awards here. The requirements to utilize ESSER III funding are:

  • The SEAs are required to reserve their allocations to carry out activities: 5% to address learning loss, 1% for after school activities, and 1% for summer learning programs.

  • The LEAs must reserve at least 20% of the funding they receive to address learning loss.

  • Two-thirds of ESSER funds are immediately available to states, while remaining funds will be made available after states submit ESSER implementation plans.

ESSER III applications are due June 25th, 2021 and allocations are expected to begin release in April, 2022. For more information, the U.S. DOE has provided an ARP ESSER fact sheet.

Contact the CodeHS Team today to learn more about how your district can apply ESSER funding to purchase CodeHS for next school year.

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