Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
Alachua County Public Schools has received grant funds through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund, part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These funds were authorized to support the nation’s schools in sustaining safe operations and addressing the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.
Through ESSER III, Alachua County Public Schools has been allocated $61.5 million to address pandemic-related needs. Of this amount, $3.6 million must go to district charter schools.
ACPS must spend at least 20% (appx $11.8M) of the allocation to address the academic impact of lost instructional time. The remaining funds can be used to respond to students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upcoming and ongoing consultation with stakeholders will put the district in a better position to fully plan the use of ESSER funds to respond to the needs of our students and schools.
ESSER Recovery Funding Dashboard
The Dashboard below shows how federal COVID recovery funds from ESSER II (Sept. 2021) and ESSER III (Jan. 2022) have been budgeted by Alachua County Public Schools.
Approved by the School Board on January 18, pending approval from the Florida Department of Education.