COVID-19 Funding

This page contains the most up-to-date information for school leaders regarding the COVID-19 Funding. Please use it as a resource when referencing process and procedure guidelines relating to the COVID-19 fund distribution and allocation..

The CARES Act was implemented to provide emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary education schools in South Carolina.

CARES Act (see pgs. 285-287)

ESEA Waivers

Spending Categories

Funding Information

School Plans

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) was signed into law. The US Department of Education is providing an additional $54.3 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). These funds have been allocated for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)

Spending Categories

Funding Information

School Plans

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law. The US Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). These funds have been allocated for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation. Of the funds allocated, 20% must be set aside by each site to address learning loss.  In addition, schools must gain input from stakeholders in developing the plan to utilize the funds.  In order to be eligible for funding, schools must submit information for the Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan.

ARPA (see pgs. 16-26)

SC ESSER III Allocations

Spending Categories

Funding Information

ESSER III Webinar Slides 06.23.2021

Safe Return to In-Person Learning and Continuity of Services Plan

ESSER Virtual Schools Collaboration Slides

ESSER Brick and Mortar Schools Collaboration Slides

Institute ESSER III Plan

School ESSER II Funding Plans

Stakeholder Public Input Survey

The Institute is seeking public input from diverse stakeholders in order to obtain essential feedback in developing a plan that best meets the needs of students, families, educators, communities, and stakeholders. Your input will help shape the plans for addressing needs due to COVID-19 and how these funds are allocated. 

Public Input Survey: https://erskinecharters.formstack.com/forms/esser3_stakeholder_survey