What is ESSER?

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

Under the ESSER relief fund, the US Department of Education awards grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing Local Education Agencies (LEAs), like the Harlem School District, 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.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act)


American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act)

ESSER III Tentative Plan

ESSER III Allocations

Total Funds: $15,266,708

ESSER III Allocation (20% must be used to address learning loss) - $14,736,275

State-Level Reservation - Learning Loss - $378,881

State-Level Reservation - Summer Enrichment - $75,776

State-Level Reservation - After-School - $75,776

Funds must be obligated by September 30, 2024

Facilities and Operations

Ventilation Improvements for Science Labs

Air Purifiers

Sanitation and Disinfection Equipment

Career and Technical Education Facilities

Drinking Water Filtration Systems

Outdoor Learning Spaces

Elementary Building Facility Improvements

Storage Improvements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Long-Term Substitute Teachers

Learning Loss

Elementary Targeted Support Specialist Positions

Secondary Student Mentors

Intervention Materials

Books and Digital Texts

iReady Assessments

Summer Enrichment

Enrichment Summer School Program

Certified and Non-Certified Summer Program Staff

2nd Step Program



Instructional Online Licenses

Internet Hot Spots


Computer Monitors

Promethean Boards

Infrastructure and Cyber Security


Before and After School Tutoring