• Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant Programs

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Education has released three grants for which local education agencies (LEAs) can apply through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). These grants, known as ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III, were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA); and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

    Public meetings were conducted to discuss the ESSER Use of Funds Plan and the Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services (RIPICS) Plan.  As part of the public meetings and in addition to the participants in attendance, additional stakeholders that may be viewing online were invited to provide input through the Let’s Talk link on the District website. 

    Links to the meeting agenda and minutes:

    June 21, 2021               Agenda       Minutes

    July 26, 2021                Agenda      Minutes

    January 24, 2022          Agenda      Minutes

    July 25, 2022                Agenda      Minutes


    In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law. ARP dedicated $122 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER III. The intent and purpose of ESSER III is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus on students.

    Outlined in the following document is EMS ISD's plan for using funds granted to the district through ESSER: ESSER Use of Funds.

    Additionally, the district is required to develop a Return to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

    TEA Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant Programs

    Elementary and Secondary School Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) Emergency Relief Fund