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ESSER 2021

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).

ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III

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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).
 CARES ACT: ESSER ICRSA: ESSERIIARP: ESSER III
Start DateMarch 13, 2020March 13, 2020March 13, 2020
End DateSeptember 30, 2022September 30, 2023September 30, 2024
RISD Allocation$8,096,794$30,980,223$69,500,000

CARES Act: ESSER I

In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The CARES Act dedicated $13.2 billion for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER I. The intent and purpose of ESSER I funding is to provide emergency relief funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. ESSER I funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2022.

Richardson ISD applied to receive its ESSER I allocation in August 2020. RISD’s ESSER I allocation was not supplemental to Richardson ISD; instead, ESSER I funds were used by the Texas Education Agency to offset the loss of average daily attendance (ADA) through the Foundation School Program (FSP) under Texas school finance. RISD used its internal allocation of $8,096,794 to maintain salaries, provide internet connectivity and purchase necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).

CRRSA: ESSER II

In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) was signed into law. CRRSA dedicated an additional $54.3 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. This grant is known as ESSER II. The Texas Education Agency released the grant application on June 4, 2021, and Fort Worth ISD’s ESSER II allocation is $30,980,223. Richardson ISD will apply for its allocation of ESSER II funds before September 2, 2021. ESSER II funds can be used to cover expenses incurred March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2023.

Richardson ISD is not required to provide equitable services to private non-profit schools with ESSER II funds. Private non-profit schools will receive separate funding from TEA under the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) I grant. RISD is waiting on additional formula rules to be shared by TEA to determine the amount available to the district after TEA determines the amount they will allocate to offset the loss of average daily attendance (ADA) through the Foundation School Program (FSP) under Texas school finance.

ARP: ESSER III

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.

Richardson ISD has applied to the TEA to receive its share of funding via the third round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds.

ESSER III funds are federal dollars to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. A portion of this grant must address students’ learning loss related to the pandemic.

RISD anticipates receiving about $69.5 million in ESSER III funding which will be released in 2 distributions. These funds can be used through Sept. 30, 2024. 

Some of the anticipated allocations for the $46,384,786 that has been released include:

  • Address learning loss and provide accelerated instruction – $35 million
    • Math and reading interventions and interventionists – $8 million
    • Kindergarten and 1st grade support teachers – $5.86 million
    • Summer Programming – $5.81 million
    • Class Size Reduction and Remediation (5th and 6th Grade, JH/HS core, credit recovery, Edgenuity) – $9.7 million
    • Student recovery support – $50,000
    • Extracurricular Learning Activities – $1.8 million
    • SEL Support – $1 million
    • ARD/Evaluation Support – $160,000
    • Expanded RISE Academies (Saturday acceleration program) – $2.5 million
  • Literacy and Intervention – 1.475 million
  • Dyslexia support – $515,000
  • Special Education Support – $160,000
  • Community in schools support – $560,000
  • Pre-K Special Education Classrooms – $486,000

Richardson ISD is not required to provide equitable services to private non-profit schools with ESSER III funds. Private non-profit schools can apply for funding from TEA under the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) II grant.

Please see the below Board of Trustee presentations for more information on the ESSER III plans for Richardson ISD.

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