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The Unofficial ESSER 101 for Band Directors


Understanding ESSER with Scott Lang

Watch the complete Webinar (presentation starts @6min)

Here are some points of interest from the Webinar.

See Scott Lang's full slide companion to this webinar here.

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What is ESSER?

ESSER Funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funding to state and local education organizations to help address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.

The Structure

• $126 billion for K-12 schools to be distributed through the federal Title I formula for funding schools and districts with concentrated poverty.

• Districts must spend at least 20 percent of the money addressing learning loss and must make public a plan for returning to in-person schooling safely.

• State education agencies can hold on to up to 12% of the allocation.

• $2.75 billion for governors to share with private schools.

• $3 billion in added funding to support students with disabilities.

• $800 million to support education and wraparound services for homeless children.

What Can It Be Used For?

• Planning for school closures.

• Provide resources needed to address coronavirus.

• Support efforts to improve preparedness.

• Addressing learning loss especially among disadvantaged students.

• Training staff to sanitize schools and proper use of (PPE).

• Purchasing the hardware and software needed to conduct remote and hybrid learning.

• Providing services to support student mental health.

• Supporting after school and summer learning programs.

• Using evidence-based approaches to address learning loss.

• Repairing school facilities, especially ventilation systems, to reduce spread of Covid.

What Can It Be Used For

• Planning for school closures.

• Provide resources needed to address coronavirus.

• Support efforts to improve preparedness.

• Addressing learning loss especially among disadvantaged students.

• Training staff to sanitize schools and proper use of (PPE).

• Purchasing the hardware and software needed to conduct remote and hybrid learning.

• Providing services to support student mental health.

• Supporting after school and summer learning programs.

• Using evidence-based approaches to address learning loss.

• Repairing school facilities, especially ventilation systems, to reduce spread of Covid.

The 5 Benchmarks

*Will the proposed use of funds "prevent, prepare for, and respond to Coronavirus?"

*Is it an allowable use of funds under the CARES Act?

*Is it reasonable and necessary?

*Does it promote equity?

*Does it support returning students to the classroom?

If you qualify under any of these, then you are eligible.

Find out more about what your state and district will receive

ESSER funding Estimates by DistrictESSER Worksheet: organize your needs