ESSER Funding Plan

Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which became law in March 2021, school districts will receive funding to address the impact of COVID-19 on students' academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. This funding is known as "ESSER." "ESSER" is short for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. ESSER III receives its numerical designation from the fact that the ARP ESSER Fund is the third set of COVID-related federal relief grants for schools that Congress has passed since the pandemic began.

ESSER I and ESSER II were established respectively by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act in December 2020.

How Much Money Will ESSER III Provide?

ESSER III will provide nearly $122 billion to state educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.

School District 123 is expected to receive  $4,234,189 in ESSER III funds.

How Will School District 123 Use Its ESSER III Funds?

The district plans to use its ESSER III grant money in four major areas:

  • Capital Improvements (Media Center and HVAC)
  • Summer School Opportunities
  • Tutoring Opportunities
  • Curricular Materials

The funding plan was discussed with the Board of Education during the April 27, 2021 Board of Education Meeting.

Those wishing to provide input on either of the above district plans are encouraged to send their remarks to:

All e-mails will be reviewed and taken under consideration.

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