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  • Writer's pictureWinnie O'Leary

ESSER/EANS Funding: a quick peek under the hood

It is not too late!


Districts have until March 2024 unless they have requested extensions and many have!



The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, also known as ESSER/EANS (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools), are federal funds allocated to provide financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. These funds aim to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on elementary and secondary education. The primary objectives and allowable uses of ESSER funds include:


1. COVID-19 Response and Mitigation

2. Learning Loss and Academic Impact:

  • Addressing learning loss among students due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

  • Implementing interventions and support services to enhance academic outcomes.

3. Technology and Connectivity

4. Professional Development:

  • Providing professional development opportunities for educators to adapt to new

5. Social and Emotional Support:

  • Offering programs and services to support the social and emotional well-being of

6. Equity Initiatives

7. Other Activities to Support Safe School Operations

  • Funding activities that support the safe reopening and ongoing operation of schools.


LEAs have flexibility in how they use ESSER funds to meet the unique needs of their students and

communities, but they are required to use these funds to respond to the immediate impacts of the

COVID-19 pandemic and to support the ongoing recovery efforts in education. Funds must be spent by March 2024, however, many states have requested extensions.

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