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).
On June 21, 2021 a Public Meeting was conducted to Discuss ESSER Use of Funds Plan and Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. Stakeholders could also provide input as part of the public meeting through the Let’s Talk link on the District website. No comments were submitted.
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 III: ESSER III Use of Funds.
Additionally, the district is required to develop a Return to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.