U.S. Department of Education under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II & III) Funds
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(templates are on the bottom of the page)
Are your Esser plan activities still current?
If you need to modify/change them, please reach out to Tanya Frisendahl and she will connect you with a team member who can assist.
Click here to review the eligible uses of Esser funds.
Mandatory Esser Activity Tracking
Starting this school-year (2022-23) districts are federally required to track, collect and prepare to report data within these three categories:
Student Participation Data
Including student demographic information, for the following evidence-based activities* that are paid for in whole or in part with any ESSER funds:
- Summer School or Enrichment
- Extended Instruction Time
- After School Programs,
- High-Dose Tutoring
- Early Childhood Education
- Purchasing Education Technology
*The federal definitions of what constitutes each evidence-based activity can be found here.
Districts must track and report any of the following positions that are funded in whole or in part with any ESSER funds:
- Special educators and related service personnel
- Paraprofessionals/Instructional Aides
- Bilingual or English as a second language educators
- School counselors, school psychologists and/or social workers
- Short term contractors
- Classroom educators
- Support personnel
- Administrative staff
Districts must identify at a more granular level how the ESSER I, II, and III funds are utilized. Here are examples of the additional expenditure categories. For a complete list, please refer to this document (page 46, section 3.b2):
- Addressing Physical Health and Safety
- Building and facilities upgrades and maintenance, including ventilation systems and new construction
- Assistance with meals for students
- Cleaning and/or sanitization supplies
- Temporary classroom space to support social distancing
- Temporary or additional transportation services to support social distancing to and from school
- Capacity-building to improve disaster preparedness and response efforts, including coordination with other governmental entities to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19
- Other health protocols not listed above and aligned to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) such as: vaccines for staff and/or students, COVID-19 testing for staff and/or students, contact-tracing, masks