Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). The U.S. Department of Education will award these grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
ESSER Fund awards to SEAs are in the same proportion as each State received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2019.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020, and provides an additional $54.3 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund).
ESSER II Fund awards to SEAs are in the same proportion as each State received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2020.
Source: Office of Elementary & Secondary Education, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
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Local education agencies (LEAs) receive ESSER funding allocation from their state education agency (SEA). Contact your district’s federal program coordinator to inquire about how much your district is being allocated from the state education department. Also, this additional ESSER funding may provide more opportunities for districts to improve health and physical education programs with existing ESSA funds. Actively be a part of the conversation in your school district by advocating for funds to be used to support student learning and healthy outcomes for returning to in-person instruction.
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A. Read SHAPE America Blog by Keri Schoeff: The CARES Act: A Federal Funding Opportunity for Health and Physical Education
B. Determine how much ESSER funding your state and district are receiving by visiting your state education agency webpage.
C. Download a sample template letter that can be modified and used to meet these requirements and communicate the value of HealthSmart and a skills-based approach to health education.