The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was signed into law on December 27, 2020. It provides additional money for local educational agencies (LEAs) for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) programs originally created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020.
The Act provides support for private school students through a new Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) program, which is being administered by the DPI.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Education Relief (ESSER II)
ESSER II provides additional money for local educational agencies (LEAs) to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. All activities allowed under ESSER I are also allowed under ESSER II, with an additional emphasis on assessing and addressing learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, and projects to improve air quality in school buildings.
Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) and the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) Program
Like GEER I, GEER II funds are awarded to Governors, who have discretion over how to distribute them. The Governor’s office allocated GEER II funds for COVID-19 testing efforts at college campuses across the state. GEER II also includes the EANS program.
Reporting Grant Fraud—Federal and State
Reporting confirmed fraud to DPI as required by the State Single Audit Guidelines: Form Submission
Reporting fraud, waste or abuse of Federal grant funds: US Department of Education's OIG Hotline