CONTEXT FOR THE ESSER III EXPENDITURE PLAN
In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Congress passed American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.
This is the third federal stimulus funding act in response to COVID-19, following the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA).
ESSER III Plans
The ARP Act requires local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive ESSER III funds to complete both
a Safe Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan, and
an Expenditure Plan for how ESSER III funds will be used to address students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, as well as the opportunity gaps that existed before, and were exacerbated by, the COVID-19 pandemic.