Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)

Between 2020 and 2021, the federal government provided three rounds of grant funding to school districts through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools. These funds may be used to address health and safety, academics, and/or social-emotional learning needs. CPS received a total of $12,602,448 across the three rounds of ESSER funding.

The projected remaining balance in ESSER funds as of June 30, 2022 is $8.4 million. CPS took a holistic approach to spending the ESSER funds by incorporating planning into the FY 2023 budget process. The FY 2023 Adopted Budget includes planned expenditures of $5.6 million. FY 2023 ESSER-funded investments are described alongside General Fund investments in the sections on budget priorities and adjustments. Approximately $2.8 million will be expended in FY 2024 and the first quarter of FY 2025.

The chart below summarizes FY 2023 proposed plan for the federal grant funds allocated to support recovery from the pandemic, including the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, and the additional Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds the district received as part of the American Recovery Plan Act of FY 2021.