What is ESSER?
ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. ESSER is comprised of three Congressional Acts to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.
ESSER Allowable Uses
The allowable uses for ESSER funds include but are not limited to:
Funding Allocations and Process
ESSER Funds are provided to districts as reimbursement grants. Funds are allocated to districts by the Louisiana Department of Education based on guidelines set forth by the Acts and the United States Department of Education. Districts are required to submit budgets to the state for review to make sure that funds will be used in accordance with the ESSER Acts. As funds are expended, districts file quarterly reimbursement requests along with all required documentaion with the state.
Ouachita Parish Schools allocations are as follows:
The chart below is a focus area overview of our current budgets for ESSER II and ESSER III. You may click the image to view a larger version.
The ESSER Funds are “Living Grants”. Districts can amend their budget proposals periodically during the grant period if funds need to be reallocated. Each ESSER Fund has a different ending date where all funds must be spent and reimbursed.
The ESSER end dates are as follows:
As part of the ESSER process, the Louisiana Department of Education requires districts to create a written plan documenting how these funds will be used in support of the items set forth in the state plan. Our current plan is available at the following link: 2021-2022 OPSB Academic Recovery and Acceleration Plan.
Ouachita Parish Schools intends to reevaluate our ESSER budgets and spending periodically (every 6-12 months) and amend our budgets as needed. Ouachita Parish Schools has utilized parent surveys, teacher focus groups, principal surveys, and focus area groups to help create our budget and plan. We may request additional input from these groups during these amendment periods.
We will be sending out a new Parent/Community Survey in the near future.