ESSER Fund Overview

  • In response to COVID-19, and its potential impact on student learning, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was signed into law by the federal government on March 11, 2021 and provided nearly $122 billion for Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ESSER) for schools across the nation.

    Tennessee is set to receive approximately $20-30 billion in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, with more than $3.3 billion dedicated to K-12 and higher education. Given the significant student needs during the pandemic and through the recovery, Tennessee has the opportunity to address those needs and also invest in a strong, durable recovery for student instructional time and learning.

    Wilson County Schools is applying to receive approximately 12.5 million dollars of ESSER 3.0 funds to address unfinished learning and COVID-19 recovery. Federal guidance states that all funds must be spent in the prevention, preparation, and response to COVID-19. These funds are designated for one-time or short-term expenditures to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic. There is also a federal requirement that at least 20% of these funds (2.5 million) must target learning loss due to school closures.

    Check back here for more information and updates as they become available.

    Additional Resources:

    US Department of Education Office of Elementary & Secondary Education

    Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education

ESSER Documents

ESSER Survey Results

  • Survey Overview

    The ESSER 3.0 survey was opened on June 7, 2021 and closed on July 6, 2021.

    The survey was shared in multiple ways:

    • Emailed directly to our families and stakeholders (sent to 32,421 family and stakeholder emails)
    • Posted on our district and school websites
    • Posted on our district social media

    We had 1,116 surveys submitted.

    Additionally, we had 116 comments submitted on our funding plan and 164 comments submitted on our health plan.

    To view the results, visit the ESSER Survey Results 2021.