• ESSER Funding Transparency by County 



    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020. The funding allows states to respond to the COVID-19 emergency in K-12 schools. Funds allocated to local school districts may be used for coronavirus response activities, such as planning for and coordinating during long-term school closures, purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all students, and additional activities authorized by federal elementary and secondary education laws.


    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation (CRRSA) Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020, provides an additional $54.3 billion for an ESSER II fund. Following the same distribution as the CARES Act, which is based on the share of ESEA Title I, Part A funds follow the same use for coronavirus-response activities. Planning for and coordinating activities that address learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings, and additional activities authorized by federal elementary and secondary education laws are continually permitted. 


    The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.    

    ARP ESSER funds will allow SEAs to take additional steps to reopen schools for in-person instruction, keep them safely open, and address the disruptions to teaching and learning resulting from the pandemic. This includes using funds to enact appropriate measures to help schools to invest in mitigation strategies consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Operational Strategy for K-12 schools to the greatest extent practicable; address the many impacts of COVID-19 on students, including from interrupted instruction; implement strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs; offer crucial summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; support early childhood education; invest in staff capacity; and avoid devastating layoffs at this critical moment, ensuring that all students have access to teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to support their needs.

    Clarke County School District ARP application


    Video Recording - American Rescue Plan Act Proposal (BOE Meeting) - added 11/16/21

    CCSD ARP ESSER LEA Plan_Updated Plan 2021_2022 - added 11/16/21

    ARP Allocation Feedback (overview presentation)

    • Overview of ARP, funding allocated to CCSD, and allocation activities to address needs aligned to the eight areas for use of funds.

    Clarke County School District General Fund Dashboard

    • A similar dashboard is available for ESSER funding for financial transparency and budget tracking at the Georgia Insights website.

    CCSD - FY2022 Public Budget Presentation

    • Includes information on CARES/ARPA funding plans and was shared at CCSD Board Meetings.
    • View CCSD BOE Budget Work Session and Regular Board Meeting.
      • Public Comment is available at the beginning of each meeting to receive stakeholder feedback.

    CCSD - FY2023 Public Budget Presentation


    School-Based Flex Positions (ARPA) Funding Information

    • Funded for 3 years
    • Each School Leader identified two positions (44 additional school-based positions) needed for their school to address learning loss from the following positions:
      • Academic Support Specialist (5)
      • Counselor (5)
      • Instructional Coach (17)
      • MTSS Coordinator (6)
      • PBIS Specialist (1)
      • Teacher (10)
    • All job postings and transfer documents (internal candidates) state the following:
      • This position is CARES/ARPA funded for three years. 

    A reminder: If you have any questions about any of these federal programs, please reach out via email for a prompt response to: caresarpa@clarke.k12.ga.us