Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)

The federal government provided three rounds of grant funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of the ESSER grants is to assist school district’s in three areas of recovery from the impact of the pandemic: academics, social-emotional learning and operations related to health and safety. In total, CPS received $12,602,448 across the three ESSER allocations (I, II, III), each with its own spending deadlines. CPS took a holistic approach to spending the ESSER funds by incorporating planning into the annual development process for both FY 2023 and FY 2024.

The projected remaining balance in ESSER funds as of June 30, 2023 is $3.9 million.