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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Information

Paris ISD is receiving federal stimulus dollars to help offset unexpected costs caused by the pandemic.  

The federal dollars are provided by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund, which is distributed in three separate programs: ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III.  Information on this page pertains to ESSER II and ESSER III funds, since ESSER I funds have already been allocated and spent.  Please note that allocations are subject to change.

ESSER provides resources for

  • Critical one-time investments
  • Time-limited programming to respond to the pandemic; and
  • Innovation that can redefine student learning, acceleration, and development


ESSER III- American Rescue Plan Act (ARP)


ESSER III Required Plans




Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the ESSER III- ARP funds?
In general, the purpose of ESSER is to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs), such as Paris ISD, to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.

Over what timeline may ESSER III funds be spent?
Funds may be used for allowable activities from March 13, 2020 (with approved pre-award) through September 30, 2023.  Districts will then have the standard 12-month carryover available through September 30, 2024.

What is Paris ISD’s ESSER III allocation?
Paris ISD’s entitlement is $10,665,313 to be spent over the course of the grant period of availability.  

What requirements must districts follow?
Of the total amount allocated to an LEA from the State’s ARP ESSER award, the LEA must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups (each major racial and ethnic group, children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, gender, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care).

Districts must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders —including students, families, district administrators (including special education administrators), teachers, principals, school staff, and other stakeholders/members of the public (in particular organizations that represent children with disabilities, English Language Learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migrant students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students).  Stakeholders must have the opportunity to provide input on the ESSER III Use of Funds Plan.

District plans must be provided in an understandable, uniform format.  These plans must be available to parents by request (and available in a format and language assessable to that parent).  Plans are to be posted to the district’s website.

In addition to/along with the plan about the use of funds, districts must post a “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan” within 30 days of the receipt of funds.  Before posting this plan to the website, districts must make the proposed plan available for public comment and consider those comments before finalizing the plan.  Existing plans may also be used to meet this requirement, and the plan must be reviewed every 6 months and revised for any necessary updates to ensure compliance with evolving requirements and recommendations from the state and federal level.


ESSER II- Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)

In December 2020, CRRSA was signed into law.  With CRRSA, $54.3 billion was dedicated to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.  The intent and purpose of CRRSA ESSER II is to provide funding to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding is available March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2023.

Paris ISD applied to receive CRRSA funding, and it is expected that our allocation will be $4,748,881.  These funds are not additional to Paris ISD.  Instead, they are being used to offset the loss of average daily attendance (ADA) through the Foundation School Program under Texas school finance.