The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides an additional $54.3 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). Now a little over $7 million of those dollars are coming to the Campbell County School System.
These funds will be used to deal with learning loss as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. In addition these funds can be used to deal with some limited infrastructure needs.
As the funds are through a grant the guidelines of what they can be used for are very specific. Funds can be used for addressing the learning loss due to the COVID 19 pandemic, repairs and improvement to facilities, addressing needs of special student populations, purchasing educational technology, summer learning, after school programs, mental health services, and conducting other activities necessary to maintain operation of services, employ existing staff, and coordinate activities. The money can not be used for anything outside of these guidelines.
This is a one time injection of funding into the school system and it is not set to be a recurring funding mechanism. This funding does not supplant already budgeted spending. Funds must be distributed according
to the Title I formula and not according to the BEP (basic educational program) formula.
For ESSER II funding, State Education Agencies (SEAs) are required to submit a report to the Secretary of
Education providing a detailed account of funds, including how funds are used to “measure and address
learning loss among students disproportionately affected by coronavirus and school closures…” Monthly reports must be submitted on a template provided by the department once applications have been approved.