The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was passed December 21, 2020 and allocated $82 billion to the US Department of Education (USDOE). Of the $82 billion allocation, $54.3 billion was earmarked as ESSER II Funds for K-12 institutions. Based on the legislation, ESSER II funds were not subject to equitable services and thus public school systems were not required to perform outreach to non-public schools.
The announcement of the ESSER II package and the start of HCS’ FY22 Budget Development cycle were synchronous. Mid-January, the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) informed Henry County Schools its ESSER II allocation would total $23.7 million. Given the uncertainty of state revenues for FY22, planning for ESSER II funds was completed in coordination with the FY22 budget development cycle.
In February 2021, a presentation of FY22 budget outlook and information on the ESSER II funds was presented to the Board. A tentative outline of funding uses was provided to the Board in March as well. Post the adoption of the FY22 budget on May 10, 2021, a comprehensive plan for ESSER II funds was submitted to GADOE for review and approval.
The plan was approved June 2, 2021 and included the following budgetary objectives:
- Supporting the continuity of educational services during FY22 to offset budgetary shortfall stemming from continued state austerity
- Covering the cost for the summer 2021 recovery programs, including offering after-program care to families at no cost to provided extended enrichment to more than 350 elementary students;
- Purchasing additional devices, software, and other instructional materials to support FY22 launch
- Completing facility improvements that support enhanced air quality and purchasing materials to continue COVID-19 mitigation as outlined in the District playbook;
- Allocations to each school to support purchase of supplemental instructional resources and PPE/cleaning materials;
- Investments in additional staff to support remote learning capacity of Impact Academy;
- Investments in expanded nursing services and COVID mitigation management;
- Investments in comprehensive therapeutic services; and
- Restoring fund balance of school nutrition and afterschool service programs, which operated at deficits to provide continuing service in FY21.
As of September 30, 2022, Henry County Schools has expended $12.2 million of the ESSER II allocation as follows:
Period Amount Use of Funds summary FY21: 6/2/21 – 6/30/21
Expenditures include: (1) restoration of fund balance for school nutrition and after school program; (2) supplies for vaccination pod; (3) instructional devices to support virtual learning; and (4) indirect serving charges.
FY22: 7/1/21 – 6/30/22
Expenditures include: (1) Summer 2021 recovery program personnel, instructional resources and after school program; (2) Summer and Pre-planning leadership training; (3) school-level purchases of instructional resources; (4) PPE/cleaning materials; (5) additional staff to support remote learning at Impact Academy; (6) comprehensive therapeutic services; (7) additional instructional devices and hot spot devices; (8) expanded nursing services; (9) enhancements to facility ventilation systems; and (10) indirect servicing charges.
FY23: 7/1/21 – 9/30/22 (1st quarter)
Expenditures include: (1) digital software for extended and virtual learning; (2) school-level purchases of instructional resources; (3) PPE/cleaning materials; (4) additional staff to support remote learning at Impact Academy; (5) hot spot devices; (6) expanded nursing services; (7) enhancements to facility ventilation systems; and (8) indirect servicing charges.
Total Expended $12,229,297 Funds Remaining $11,542,365
The remaining funds are available to cover the outlined objectives through September 30, 2023. The next website update of progress on ESSER II expenditures or revisions to programmatic objectives will be provided in February 2023.