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COVID-19 Relief and School Reopening Grants

Information on In-Person Instruction Grants and Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants established by AB 86.

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The California Legislature provided $6.6 billion in the Assembly Bill 86 COVID-19 relief package External link opens in new window or tab., including $2 billion for In-Person Instruction (IPI) Grants and $4.6 billion for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants. Governor Newsom signed AB 86 on March 5, 2021.

There is no application required to receive AB 86 funding. In May 2021, eligible entities will receive an apportionment that represents 50 percent of their allocation for both the IPI and ELO Grants. In August 2021, eligible entities will receive the remaining 50 percent of their allocation, less any reduction or forfeiture of IPI Grants described below.

In-Person Instruction and Expanded Learning Opportunities Funding Results

IPI and ELO Grants Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 15-Jun-2021)

New information and guidance will be added to this page as it becomes available.

Instructional Time and Distance Learning Requirements

Although in-person instruction for the purposes of the In-Person Instruction and Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants has been expanded to include hybrid models, instructional time requirements for the 2020-21 school year have not changed. Instructional time calculations continue to be based on time under the immediate physical supervision and control of a certificated employee for in-person instruction and time value of assignments made by and certified to by a certificated employee for distance learning.

Similarly, although under some circumstances a week of hybrid instruction can be considered in-person instruction for the purposes of the In-Person Instruction and Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants, LEAs must continue to meet distance learning requirements for all students that are assigned distance learning for any part of the instructional day. For more information on the instructional time and distance learning requirements, please see the 2020-21 Instructional Time FAQs.

In-Person Instruction Grants

To be eligible for full funding, LEAs must offer in-person instruction, as defined in Education Code Section 43520.5, including hybrid models, by April 1, 2021 for specified student groups. IPI Grants will be reduced by one percent for each calendared instructional day that an LEA does not offer in-person instruction for all required groups. IPI Grants will be forfeited if an LEA does not offer in-person instruction for all required groups by May 15, 2021, or if in-person instruction is not offered continuously through the end of the scheduled 2020–21 school year, unless otherwise ordered by a state or local health officer.

IPI Grants may be used for any purpose consistent with providing in-person instruction for any pupil participating in in-person instruction, including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, cleaning and disinfection, personal protective equipment, ventilation and other schoolsite upgrades necessary for health and safety, salaries for certificated or classified employees providing in-person instruction or services, and social and mental health support services provided in conjunction with in-person instruction.

June 15, 2021 Update

Education Code Section 43521(c)(5) requires all eligible LEAs to certify their compliance with the AB 86 requirements for in-person instruction on or before June 1, 2021. LEAs that did not submit the IPI Grant LEA Certification Form, or that need to make a correction, must do so no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM. LEAs that do not have a recorded response at the close of this amendment window will forfeit their IPI Grant.

Every eligible LEA can verify the status of their submittal using the spreadsheet below. Note: a missing response may result from submitted data that could not be matched by CDS code, LEA name, or charter number.

In-Person Instruction Grant Compliance Certification – Submittal Status by LEA (XLSX; Updated 16-Jun-2021)

After reviewing the data, an LEA that needs to provide missing data or make a correction must complete the amendment data collection:

IPI Grant LEA Certification Form – Amendments (Added 15-Jun-2021)

For questions about IPI Grants, please contact InPersonGrants@cde.ca.gov

Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants

To be eligible for funding, LEAs must implement a learning recovery program, that at a minimum, provides supplemental instruction, support for social and emotional well-being, and, to the maximum extent permissible under the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture, meals and snacks to specified student groups, as defined in Education Code Section 43522, who have faced adverse learning and social-emotional circumstances.

ELO Grants shall be expended only for any of the following purposes: extending instructional learning time, accelerating progress to close learning gaps, integrated pupil supports, community learning hubs, supports for credit deficient pupils, additional academic services, and training for school staff. LEAs are encouraged to engage, plan, and collaborate on program operation with community partners and expanded learning programs, and leverage existing behavioral health partnerships and Medi-Cal billing options, in the design and implementation of services.

LEA Template for the Plan (DOCX; Added 25-Mar-2021)
The Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan must be completed by LEAs as a condition for receiving an ELO Grant. The Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan must be adopted by the local governing board or body of the LEA at a public meeting on or before June 1, 2021, and must be submitted to the county office of education, the California Department of Education, or the chartering authority within five days of adoption, as applicable. County Offices of Education and school districts in a single-district county must submit their plans to the CDE by email at LCAPReview@cde.ca.gov.

Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants Strategies
In order for LEAs to utilize ELO Grant funds, they must apply it toward seven supplemental and support strategies. This page provides additional information about each of the seven supplemental and support strategies.

For questions about ELO Grants, please contact ELOGrants@cde.ca.gov

Questions:   IPI Grants Team | InPersonGrants@cde.ca.gov
ELO Grants Team | ELOGrants@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 1, 2021
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