CRRSA Act FundingInformation on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, including the Elementary and Secondary School Relief II (ESSER II) fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief II (GEER II) fund.
In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act), which was enacted on December 27, 2020. This federal stimulus funding is the second act of federal relief in response to COVID-19, following the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020. For more information on CARES Act, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) CARES Act Funding web page.
The two main funding sources are the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund) and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II Fund). The ESSER II Fund accounts for approximately $54.3 billion of funding for all states and California’s allocation is $6,709,633,866. The GEER II Fund accounts for approximately $4.05 billion of funding for all states, and California’s allocation is $341,442,086. Within the GEER II there is the special carve-out for non-public schools, the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS), which accounts for $2.75 billion. This funding will provide LEAs with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
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Section 313(b) of the CRRSA Act requires the Department to allocate the ESSER II Fund based on the proportion that each State received under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) in the most recent fiscal year. California’s allocation for ESSER II is $6,709,633,866. Funds may be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national emergency was declared. These funds are available for obligation by the state and subrecipients through September 30, 2023.
Each state must use no less than 90 percent of its allocation ($6,038,670,479) to make subgrants to LEAs, based on each LEA’s share of funds received under Title I, Part A in fiscal year 2019–20.
LEAs are not required to provide equitable services for ESSER II as they were for ESSER under the CARES Act. The CRRSA Act contains a special EANS carve-out.
In order to receive an allocation, LEAs must submit the ESSER II Legal Assurances, which will be available by the end of February 2021. In order to be included in the first apportionment, assurances must be completed by March 12, 2021. Please see the ESSER II Formula Allocations section for the allocations.
ESSER II Allowable Uses
The ESSER II Funds can be used in much the same way as the ESSER Funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The difference is that with ESSER II there are more defined allowable uses:
- Any activity authorized by the ESEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), or the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
- Coordination of LEA preparedness and response efforts to improve coordinated responses with other agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
- Providing principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address school needs.
- Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth.
- Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve LEA preparedness and response efforts.
- Training and professional development for LEA staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
- Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean LEA facilities.
- Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including how to provide meals, technology for online learning, guidance on IDEA requirements, and ensuring other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all applicable requirements.
- Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students served by the LEA that aids in regular and substantive educational interactions between students and their classroom teachers, including assistance technology or adaptive equipment.
- Providing mental health services and supports.
- Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
- Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care, of the local educational agency, including by–
- Administering and using high-quality assessments to accurately assess students’ academic progress and assist educators in meeting students’ academic needs, including through differentiating instruction.
- Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
- Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment.
- Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
- School facility repairs and improvements to reduce risk of virus transmission and to support student health needs.
- Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification, and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.
- Other activities that are necessary to maintain operations and continuity of services and continuing to employ existing staff.
The Schedule of Allocations can be found on the ESSER II Funding Results page.
In order to receive an allocation, LEAs must submit the ESSER II Legal Assurances, which will be available by the end of February 2021. In order to be included in the first apportionment, assurances must be completed by March 12, 2021.
ESSER II fund allocations are based on an LEA’s share of funding received under Title I, Part A in fiscal year (FY) 2020–21. To have received 2020–21 Title I, Part A, an LEA must have:
- Been deemed an eligible LEA as reflected by a minimum U.S. Census Bureau estimated poverty count of 10 and poverty rate greater than 2%; and,
- Applied for funds on CARS no later than March 31, 2021; and,
- Submitted the LCAP Federal Addendum no later than March 31, 2021
ESSER II SEA Reserve Funds
The ESSER II state educational agency (SEA) Reserve funds account for $670,963,387. The allocation methodology and allowable uses for this discretionary funding will be determined through the state budget process. Please check back for future updates.
The CRRSA Act also provides an additional $4,053,060,000 for the GEER II Fund. California’s allocation for GEER II is $341,442,086. Funds may be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national emergency was declared. Funds are available for obligation by Governors and subrecipients through September 30, 2023.
A portion of the GEER II funds, $153,966,243 can be used in the same manner as the GEER Fund under the CARES Act. The allocation methodology and allowable uses for this discretionary funding will be determined through the state budget process. Please check back for future updates.
The remaining $187,475,843 must be used for EANS. By creating a separate reservation of funds for this purpose, Congress reiterated the need for non-public schools to participate in emergency education relief programs by establishing a separate program under GEER II, rather than relying on the equitable services requirements that typically apply to elementary and secondary formula grant programs. Consequently, LEAs are not required to provide equitable services for funds received under the CRRSA Act, though equitable services requirements continue to apply to CARES Act programs.
The CDE will provide updates as soon as possible regarding the application process and requirements for these funds. Please check back for future updates.
LEAs will be required to report on any CRRSA Act funds that they received. These funds must be tracked and reported on separately from CARES Act funds. The CDE will update LEAs soon on the new reporting requirements. In the meantime, LEAs must still report on CARES Act funds. Please visit the CDE Federal Stimulus Funding web page for reporting requirements.
Currently the CDE is working on new frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the ESSER II and GEER II funds. Please check back for future updates. Below are links to current guidance on these funds from the U.S. Department of Education.