The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on December 27, 2020, and includes an additional $53.4 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, ESSER II Funds are being awarded to school districts and charter schools based on their proportionate share of the Title I-A (FY 2020) formula.
ESSER Funds can be used for a variety of COVID-19 response measures, including items related to the continuity of staff operations. PA-ETEP and Comply have applications related to providing school leaders with resources to continue to address the needs of their schools, such as online evaluation capabilities, tracking and managing health and safety items, and professional development related to COVID-19 policies and procedures.
Edulink is offering a 5% discount on three-year contracts as an option for districts looking for ways to allocate the new ESSER funding. Some of our clients expect to use the funding simply to add PA-ETEP modules, like Attachments or Custom Forms, to evaluate all their support staff, or to extend their current contracts. Others are looking to purchase Comply to facilitate:
- Safety and security items, like drills and COVID-19-related protocols;
- Required compliance trainings;
- Tracking of maintenance and health-related systems, like air and water quality;
- Tracking of background check clearances;
- Submitting Act 48 hours to PERMS; and
- Using the new Requests feature to make paper-based forms electronic.
Administrators are providing in-service professional development trainings, workshops, and online courses through providers such as SafeSchools and PaTTAN.