El Paso Academy

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds were approved through three acts:

     ESSER I: Grant program authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020.

     ESSER II: Grant program authorized in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) in December 2020.

     ESSER III: Grant program authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, enacted on March 11, 2021.


     Each source funding has different requirements.


The statutory intent and purpose of the ARP Act is to provide wrap-around services in light of the challenges of COVID-19; and assistance needed to enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities.


The intent and purpose of ESSER III is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, and to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students.


El Paso Academy is eligible for $872,885 ESSER III funding: 2/3 of the amount was available Fall 2021 and 1/3 balance Spring 2022.


At least 20% of its ESSER III funds for the following:


Addressing learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs; and ensuring that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the student subgroups described in ESEA, Title 1, Part A, students experiencing homelessness, and youth in foster care.


Use of Funds Budget


Total Estimated Costs

Allowable use of funds

Object Code

2021-2022 SY

2020-2023 SY

2023-2024 SY

Retention Stipend

$ 153,000



$ 51,000

$ 51,000

$ 51,000

Tutors to support accelerated instruction

$ 165,167

A1, A16, A17, B2


$ 50,167

$ 55,000

$ 60,000

Instructional Coach and Aides

$ 237,000

A1, A16, A17, B2, B3


$ 51,000

$ 91,500

$ 94,500

Student Support Services

$ 125,000

A15, B3, B4


$ 0

$ 62,000

$ 63,000

Teacher training to support needs of diverse learners

$ 7,000

A6, A7





Educational technology (laptops/tablets)

$ 40,000

A11, A13, A14


$ 10,000

$ 15,000

$ 15,000

Online programs to support accelerated instruction

$ 61,000

A13, A17, B1


$ 15,000

$ 23,000

$ 23,000

SEL curriculum


A6, B4




$ 0

Instructional Interactive Boards




$ 70,000

$ 0

$ 0


Federal Grant Allocation


Total Allocation

$ 873,167

Two-thirds Allocation – available immediately

$ 581,923

One-third Allocation – available Spring 2022

$ 291,244


Program Plan – Allowable Activities

A1 – Any activity authorized under Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

A6 – Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, students with disabilities (SWD), English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.

A7 – Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEA.

A11 – Planning for, coordinating and implementing activities during long-term closure…including providing technology for online learning to all students.

A13 – Planning for, coordinating and implementing activities during long-term closure…how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided.

A14 – Purchasing educational technology (hardware, software, and connectivity) for students…that aids in regular/substantive educational interaction between students and instructors, including low-income students and SWD, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.

A15 – Providing mental health services and supports, including through implementation of evidence based full-service community schools.

A16 – Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning

A17 – Planning and implementing activities related to…supplemental afterschool programs – providing classroom instruction or online learning.

B1 – Addressing learning loss among LEA students and administering and using high-quality assessments.

B2 – Addressing learning loss among LEA students and implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.

B3 – Addressing learning loss among LEA students and providing information and assistance to parents & families on effectively supporting students.

B4 – Addressing learning loss among LEA students and tracking student attendance and improving students engagement in distance education.

B10 – Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation or and continuity of services in the LEA.

B11 – Other activities that are necessary to continuing to employ existing staff of the LEA.