Federal Emergency Relief (federal stimulus)

Federal Stimulus Funding (COVID-19 relief)

Updates and Resources

Aug 10, 2021: Presentation to the Board of Education

June 15, 2021 Presentation to the Board of Education

May 25, 2021: Presentation to the Board of Education
 
In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided funding as relief aid for education. School districts must apply the monies for services and programs, with at least 20% devoted specifically to "learning loss". School districts must also allocate these monies over three years or until 2024. 

Results of June 2021 community survey
Overview from Aug. 2021 Cornerstone
CARES Act overview




March 2020


CARES Act Overview ($611,390)

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Part of 2020-21 state aid
dot Already applied for and approved
dot No impact for 2021-22 and beyond
dot  In March 2020, New York State was allocated $1.037 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) and $164.2 million in Governor’s Emergency Education
dot Relief (GEER) funds under the CARES Act
dot ESSER funding was allocated to local educational agencies (LEAs), and GEER funding was allocated to major school districts based on the relative shares of grants awarded under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
dot Equitable Service Requirement – private schools


CRRSA Act overview




December 2020

CRRSA Act Overview ($3,372,021):

Coronavirus Response and Relief Appropriations (CCRSA) Act


dot Accounted for in the Special Aid fund
dot In December 2020, New York State was allocated $4 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds under CRRSA
 dot 90% ($3.6 billion) was allocated to LEAs based on the relative shares of grants awarded under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) 
dot  The 2021-22 budget allocated $395 million of the remaining ESSER funds and the full $72.8 million of GEER funds to provide school districts of lower wealth with a minimum per pupil allocation
dot On May 10, 2021, NYSED opened the application process for LEA allocations of CRRSA funding 
dot Eligible LEAs have been asked to submit a single CRRSA Act Combined Funding Application for both ESSER 2 and, if applicable, GEER 2, funding by June 15, 2021 
dot Must be accounted for in the Special Aid Fund

Allocations for Spencerport
Source: May 18, 2021 webinar sponsored by NYSSBA/NYCOSS/NYSASBO/Big 5

ARP-ESSER Act Overview ($4,936,114)





March 2021

ARP-ESSER Act Overview ($4,936,114):
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

dot In March 2021, New York State was allocated nearly $9 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds under the ARP Act
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90% ($8.09 billion) was allocated to LEAs based on the relative shares of grants awarded under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
dot LEAs must reserve at least 20% of their allocation to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based intervention
dot Minimum spend per year is 12.5%
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Accounted for in the Special Aid fund
dot Allocated $904,809 to address learning loss
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Must spend 14.286% on afterschool or extended day activities
dot Must spend 4.286% on summer enrichment
dot Remainder of funding to address learning loss
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Must post a plan on district website on use of funds
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Required to seek public comment from parents, teachers, and other stakeholders


The federal ARP statute requires State 
Educational Agencies (SEAs) to reserve:

dot not less than 5 percent of the total amount of grant funds awarded to the state ($449.4 million) to carry out activities to address the impact of lost instructional time by supporting the implementation of evidence-based interventions
dot not less than 1 percent ($89.9 million) to carry out the implementation of evidence-based summer enrichment programs; and
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not less than 1 percent to carry out the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs
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The 2021-22 enacted state budget directs that these required SEA set-asides be allocated as grants to specified school districts
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NYSED will inform school districts under separate cover when the application process for school district allocations of ARP-ESSER SEA set-aside funds has been published in the SED Monitoring and  Vendor Reporting System
dot Must be accounted for in the Special Aid Fund

ARP chart for Spencerport





ARP chart 2 for Spencerport


   

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On May 12, NYSED issued a memo on the application process for LEA allocations of base 90% ARP-ESSER funds
dot To enable New York State’s LEAs to begin to obligate ARP-ESSER funds by USDE’s May 24, 2021 deadline, the application for LEA 90% base ARP-ESSER allocations will be administered by NYSED as a two-part application process


ARP-ESSER application process (two parts)

Part 1:
dot The first step is for each LEA to submit signed assurances to NYSED by no later than May 24, 2021
dot Upon receipt of signed LEA assurances, NYSED will provide an email notice to the LEA of substantially approvable application status
dot Upon receipt of such notice, LEAs may begin obligating their allocation of 90% base ARP-ESSER funds

Part 2:


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The second step will be the submission of a full application and budget by the LEA. NYSED will issue a Grant Award Notice (GAN) to the LEA after the LEA's application is fully reviewed and approved by NYSED

dot Part 2 of the application will be issued in the coming weeks. NYSED will inform LEAs under separate cover when the application process for LEA 90% base ARP-ESSER allocations has been published in the SED Monitoring and Vendor Reporting System


Eligible expenses (CARES and CRRSA)





Eligible expenses (CARES and CRRSA)


Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER)

1. Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, including the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Educational Equity, Support, and Assistance Act (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) ("IDEA"), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) ("the Perkins Act"), or subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) (Section 18002(c)(3)).
2. The provision of child care and early childhood education. (Section 18002(c)(3)).
3.  The provision of social and emotional support (Section 18002(c)(3))
4. The protection of education-related jobs (Section 18002(c)(3)
5. To continue provision of educational services to students (Section 18002(c)(1))
6. To support the ongoing functionality of the local educational agency (Section 18002(c)(1))



Eligible expenses (ESSER)






Eligible expenses (ESSER)

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief

1. Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, including the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Educational Equity, Support, and Assistance Act (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) ("IDEA"), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) ("the Perkins Act"), or subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) (Section 18002(c)(3))
2. Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus
3. Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population
4. Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies.
5.  Training and professional development for staff of the local educational agency on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
6. Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency
7. Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students, providing technology for online learning to all students, providing guidance for carrying out requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and ensuring other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
8. Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low income students and children with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
9. Providing mental health services and supports, including through the implementation of evidence-based full-service community schools
10. Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low income students, children with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students exexperiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
11.  Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care, of the local educational agency, including by (i) administering and using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable, to accurately assess students’ academic progress and assist educators in meeting students’ academic needs, including through differentiating instruction; (ii) implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students; (iii) providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment; and (iv) tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
12. School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs. 
13. Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.
14. Developing strategies and implementing public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff.
15. Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ existing staff of the local educational agency.

Source: SED Business Portal CARES and CRRSA application