What is ESSER?
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds provide support to schools and are intended to minimize the disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic and support the academic, social and emotional well-being of students.
What does this mean for OKCPS?
In April of 2020, ESSER I (CARES) Fund provided Oklahoma City Public Schools with approximately $17 million dollars. This fund was utilized to purchase student devices, and hotspots for students use in anticipation of students having to work remotely. This fund also supported our health and safety efforts through the purchase of PPE for students and staff as well recruiting and hiring more nurses.
The ESSER II Fund provided Oklahoma City Public Schools with approximately $73 million, and this summer the ESSER III (ARP-ESSER) Fund has allocated an additional $164 million. As such, we are just beginning to access ESSER III funds.
ESSER I (CARES) funds - $17.31 million
Funds were available for reimbursement starting last spring (April 2020) The intent and purpose of the CARES Act education funding is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.
ESSER II funds - $73.390 million
Signed into law in December 2020
The intent and purpose of the CARES Act education funding is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.
ESSER III (ARP-ESSER) funds - $164.72 million
Passed in March 2021
The intent and purpose of ARP of 2021, ESSER III funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. 20% of the funds MUST be spent addressing unfinished learning and student emotional and social well-being. Funds must be encumbered by June 30, 2023 and expended by Sept. 30, 2024.
Two Plans Required for ESSER III Funding
The intent and purpose of ARP-ESSER funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools as well as address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. Each district is required to create and implement the two plans listed below. Click the link to see the plans for OKCPS.
How OKCPS is Spending ESSER Funds
OKCPS has identified 5 key focus areas for use of our ESSER funds. To learn more about each area, please click the buttons below. Under each key focus area are also one or more of our 10 dimensions of equity. You can learn more about the 10 dimensions of equity here: www.okcps.org/equity
Addressing Unfinished Learning and Student Success: $41.739,999.60
Prioritizing Health and Student Well-Being: $20,199,980.40
Ensuring Equity for All: $13,650,473.40
Engaging Families and Communities: $4,795,879.00
Staff Well-being: $1,350,000.00