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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

Colorado received a historic infusion of $1.8 billion in federal pandemic recovery funds to support students, families and educators. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, known as ESSER, was allocated in three installments – March 2020, December 2020 and March 2021 and was designed to help schools and communities respond to the pandemic and recover from lost learning opportunities.

ESSER I, II & III Funding and Timelines

Chart with time frame showing March 2020 to September 2024. ESSER 1, 2 and 3 totals, spending deadlines and distribution ratios between LEAs and State Reserve.

Chart with time frame showing March 2020 to September 2024. ESSER 1: $120,993,782 Addressing the immediate health and operational challenges of education students. Spending Deadline: Sept. 30, 2022. $108,894,403 (90% Distributed to LEAs) $12,099,378 (10% State Reserve) ESSER 2: $519,324,311 Supporting safe operation of schools for students and educators. Spending Deadline: Sept. 30, 2023. $467,391,879 (90% Distributed to LEAs) $51,392,431 (10% State Reserve) ESSER 3: $1,166,328,632 Recovering from lost learning opportunities Spending Deadline: September 30, 2024. $1,049,695,768 (90% distributed to LEAs) $116,632,863 (10% State Reserve)

ESSER Funds Distributed

As of Nov. 1, 2022

Chart with time frame showing March 2020 to September 2024. ESSER 1: $108,894,403.80, closed, 98%. 2% remaining, final invoices due to CDE with all reimbursement requests due November 15, 2022. ESSER 2: $467,391,879.90, 71%, 29% remaining, Spending Deadline: September 30, 2023. ESSER 3: $1,049,695,768.90 15%, 85% remaining, spending deadline: September 30, 2024.

Common Uses of ESSER Funds

 

ESSER Fund Activities to Address Learning Loss Other Instructional Programming Preparedness and Response Efforts Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies Summer Learning & Supplemental Afterschool Programs Other Support Programs Educational Technology Facility Repairs and Improvements Improving Indoor Air Quality Mental Health Services & Supports Other Administration Activities Remote Learning Supports Evidence-based Activities to Meet Comprehensive Needs of Students Supports for Students with Disabilities Cleaning & Sanitization Supplies Other Improvements of Instructional Services Other Activities Necessary to Maintain Operation and Continuity of Services Professional Learning Related to Remote Learning Staff Training on Sanitation Improvement of Secondary and Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Discretionary Funds for Principals Administering High Quality Assessments Planning for Long-Term School Closures Tracking Student Attendance and Improving Student Engagement Supports for Students Experiencing Homelessness Supports for Adult Education and Family Literacy
ESSER I Total - $17,252,936 $12,761,079 $11,468,164 $2,669,575 $19,029,796 $8,996,424 - - $4,103,530 $1,073,601 $21,800,648 - $533,649 $3,382,315 $269,711 - $622,436 $926,733 - $489,679 - $385,447 - - -
ESSER II Total $58,007,572 $81,591,717 $45,224,937 $34,263,066 $29,534,008 $41,409,411 $22,463,230 $38,303,493 $11,343,541 $20,387,104 $47,20648 $33,962,833 $3,553,494 $8,525,543 $3,910,072 $288,972 $632,051 $3,112,142 $539,349 $398,706 $982,281 $1,265,302 $696,851 $1,011,364 $45,449 -
ESSER III Total $283,631,812 $64,582,077 $96,547,587 $95,363,608 $88,138,354 $41,598,893 $46,880,232 $40,015,242 $62,603,312 $42,817,444 $59,080,376 - $38,629,244 $19,231,003 $7,260,383 $7,654,312 $3,108,198 - $1,022,524 $1,379,619 - - $169,353 - - $40,000
Total $341,639,384 $163,426,730 $154,533,603 $141,094,838 $120,341,937 $102,038,100 $78,339,886 $78,318,735 $73,946,853 $67,308,078 $64,874,625 $55,763,481 $42,182,738 $28,290,195 $14,552,770 $8,212,995 $3,740,249 $3,734,578 $2,488,606 $1,778,325 $1,471,960 $1,265,302 $1,251,651 $1,011,364 $45,449 $40,000

ESSER Public Data Reports

Each state that receives ESSER funding under the ARP Act must publicly post and regularly update data on how students are learning (i.e., mode of instruction), including for student groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ESSER Public Data Reports page provides an overview of the enrollment and attendance of Colorado schools by mode of instruction (i.e., in-person, online, or hybrid). Learn more about ESSER Public Data Reports


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