School Stimulus Funding Information
In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided $279 billion as relief aid for schools through the Educational Stabilization Fund. These funds are designed for schools to address the challenges they face in reopening campuses and closing achievement gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public schools have three rounds of ESSER money beyond what is written in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and ARP because of a law outside of ESSER called the General Education Provisions Act. That means ESSER 1 is available for obligation until September 30, 2022, ESSER 2 until September 30, 2023, and ARP ESSER until September 30, 2024. ESSER funds must be used within 120 calendar days after the end of each obligation period.
Assistance for non-public schools are available in the form of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund), and the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS). These are all designed to allow schools to invest in long-term recovery.
EANS funding is available through September 30, 2023 for the following uses:
- Supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems
- Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases
Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
- Other materials, supplies or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain health and safety
- Expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress the virus
- Educational technology
- Redeveloping instructional plans for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss
- Leasing sites or spaces to ensure social distancing
- Reasonable transportation costs
- Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss
Worthington Direct does accept ClassWallet as a form of payment. ClassWallet automates the receipt collection, approval workflow, data reconcilation and transaction settlements so your school can maximize the impact of GEER, ESSER and EANS funds. Several states use ClassWallet to process their EANS orders. Those states are AR, FL, GA, IN, MA, SC, MN and MI.
After servicing the educational sector for over 24 years, we know that schools are often on a very tight budget. We encourage schools to apply for the available funding to make sure all students are given every advantage possible. We have your back with furniture and social distancing solutions, but these stimulus funds may also be used on technology, additional teaching staff, tutoring and enrichment programs. Learn more today and have a safe and productive school year!