Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief



In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act, also known as the ARP Act, was signed into law. In the ARP act, $122 billion was dedicated to the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) funds. This grant is known as ARP Act ESSER III. The intent and purpose of the ARP Act ESSER III education funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus on students.

In July 2021, Ennis ISD applied to receive their allocation of the ARP Act ESSER III funds. The fully awarded NOGA is pending at this time. As of August 5, 2021 2/3 of the ESSER III ⅔ allocation was awarded. Ennis ISD’s ARP Act ESSER III allocation is $11,528,450. These funds are additional to Ennis ISD for Ennis ISD to use to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.

Ennis ISD will utilize its ARP Act ESSER III funds to address issues that have risen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the ARP Act ESSER III funds, Ennis ISD is required, by statue, to set aside at least 20% of their total allocation to address learning loss and to develop two plans: Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan and Use of Funds Plan. These plans will be reviewed and revised as necessary every six months, if not completed sooner.

Ennis ISD Board meeting: June 8, 2021

Public input: June 18, 2021 Survey

Stakeholder consultation: July 26, 2021

Public notification: July 25, 2021

Updated January 10, 2022

Updated July 26, 2022


Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity Plan

Intent to Apply for Federal Funds

Public notification was made prior to applying for ESSER III funding on page 8A.

ESSER III Public Comment

ESSER III is a district entitlement for $11, 528, 450. Grant period is from March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2023. Public includes an initial survey responses from teachers, parents, and students. Additional input was gathered the spring of 2022.

Cliff Mathes

Director of Special Programs