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  • ESSER I 

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act designated $13.5 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding for K-12 entities.

    Henry County Schools was allocated $5.9 million but was required to reserve $0.2 million to provide equitable services to non-public school systems that service Henry County residents.

    Henry County Schools’ Executive leadership assembled a planning team to support the prioritization of the CARES funds. An update on the planning approach and methodology for CARES Act funds was provided to the Board of Education in May 2020. Subsequent information regarding declines revenue projections for FY21 as outlined here, necessitated use of CARES funding of $4.0 million to support school operations during the 2020-2021 school year as approved by the Board in the adoption of the FY21 budget.

    Henry County Schools’ CARES budget was approved by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE). The funding can support expenditures from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2022 in consideration of the allowable carryover period. As of April 30, 2021, Henry County Schools has expended $5.8 million of the CARES Act allocation as follows:  

    Period Amount Use of Funds summary
    FY20: 3/13/20 – 6/30/20


    Expenditures included: (1) instructional resources and replacement devices to support virtual learning, (2) personal protective equipment, and (3) funding to allow for continuity of school nutrition services

    FY21: 7/1/20 – 6/30/21




    Expenditures include: (1) Summer 2020 Recovery, (2) instructional resources and replacements, (3) personal protective equipment, (4) cleaning supplies, (5) funding for continuity of school operations, and (6) equitable services for non-public schools.

    FY22: 7/1/21– 3/31/21
    (1st - 3rd Quarters)




    Expenditures included: (1) instructional resources and replacements, (2) personal protective equipment, (3) cleaning supplies, and (4) equitable services for non-public schools.

     Total Expended  $5,873,166  
     Funds Remaining  $24,912  


    Remaining ESSER I funds are earmarked for equitable services and FY22 school operations support – including the purchase of additional PPE.

    In addition to the $5.9 million ESSER I grant allocated to Henry County Schools by formulas prescribed in the CARES Act, GADOE has issued grants from the 10% reserve it was allowed to retain when sub-granting the ESSER funds. Each additional grant is authorized for a specific programmatic purpose and is subject to equitable services. In total, Henry County Schools has received ten additional grants from funding authorized by the CARES Act totaling approximately $350,000 as follows: 


    GADOE Reserve Grant Title Amount Allocated Expended to date Remaining
    Equitable Service Grant


    163,965 2,361 

    Agriculture Education Grants for Extended Day and Extended Year (2 grants)

    5,832 5,832 -  

    CTAE Grants for Extended Day, Extended Year, Supervision, and Youth Apprenticeship (4 grants)

    19.870 19.870 -  

    Special Education Grant

    64,383 39,836 24,547  

    Nursing Grant

    92,842 91,356 1,486 


    Remaining ESSER I SEA Reserve grant funds are earmarked for the designated purpose of the grant and any required equitable services. Funds are available through September 30, 2022.