What Does the New COVID-19 Relief Package Mean For Schools, Districts and States?

The Education Stabilization Fund (ESF), included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes a $54.3 billion Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund – which is 4 times the size of the CARES ESSER fund and 3 times the size of the annual Title I allocation – and a $4.1 billion in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) fund that allocates $2.75 billion to nonpublic elementary and secondary schools via Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS).

As a result, the law provides important opportunities for schools, districts and states.

What the New COVID-19 Relief Package Means for:

Nonpublic Schools
LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES (LEAs)
STATE EDUCATION AGENCIES (SEAs)

Nonpublic Schools

The Consolidated Appropriations Act provides $2.75 billion for nonpublic elementary and secondary schools via Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS), which is part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. As a result, the law provides important opportunities for private and religious schools to consider, such as:

  • Whether to apply for a new round of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds or whether to apply for a new round of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds. Schools cannot participate in both.

  • How to engage with the state to apply for and utilize GEER funds
  • How best to use GEER funds to combat learning loss and help cover the costs of keeping your school community safe.

EANS will be distributed at the discretion of state education agencies (SEAs) as directed by state governors.

Watch our webinar What Does the New COVID Relief Package Mean for Nonpublic Schools? to learn more about this funding, how it works, and what opportunities your school should be considering.

What Does the New COVID Relief Package Mean for Nonpublic Schools?

Presented by:
Michelle Doyle – CEO of Michelle Doyle Educational Consulting
Former Director of the Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Jason Botel, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Catapult Learning
Former Senior White House Advisor for Education and Acting Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Local Education Agencies (LEAs)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a $54.3 billion Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund – which is 4 times the size of the CARES ESSER fund and 3 times the size of the annual Title I allocation – and a $4.1 billion Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund that can be used for K-12 (and/or higher) education.

As a result, the law provides important opportunities for LEAs to consider, such as:

  • How to utilize a very large injection of federal funds for public schools to combat learning loss and keep their students and staff as healthy and safe as possible

  • Providing tutoring, counseling, and other needed supports to students this school year, over the summer, and into next school year

  • Funding to help cover the costs of Recovery and compensatory services for students with disabilities whose services have been disrupted by the pandemic

Our pre-recorded webinar What Does the New COVID Relief Package Mean for LEAs? will be available the week of January 18th, and covers how this round of funding works and how funds can be used.

Catapult Learning partners with over 500 districts each year to provide academic intervention, counseling, Extended School Year (ESY), and other services to students in need.

Webinar: What Does the New COVID Relief Package Mean for LEAs?
Pre-Recorded – To Be Available Week of January 18, 2021
Length: 1 Hour

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State Education Agencies (SEAs)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a $54.3 billion Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund and as a result includes:

  • Four times the amount of funding as the CARES ESSER fund and three times the amount of funding as the annual Title I allocation
  • A $4.1 billion Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund – including a $2.75 billion set-aside for nonpublic elementary and secondary schools – that can be used for K-12 and/or higher education.
  • The opportunity and responsibility to disburse federal funds to LEAs and nonpublic schools to combat learning loss and keep their school communities healthy and safe
  • The opportunity and responsibility to develop application processes for nonpublic schools to request federal funds directly from the state

  • The opportunity to disburse the set-aside funds to nonpublic schools serving low-income students that have been most impacted by the pandemic.

Our pre-recorded webinar What Does the New COVID Relief Package Mean for SEAs? will be available the week of January 18th, and will provide valuable information on states’ responsibilities and opportunities under the law.

Catapult Learning provides federally funded services to more than 100,000 public and nonpublic school students across the country every year.

Webinar: What Does the New COVID Relief Package Mean for SEAs?
Pre-Recorded – To Be Available Week of January 18, 2021
Length: 1 Hour

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