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

Wilson County Schools ESSER Fund Feedback