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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund I (ESSER I)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, 2020 (CARES Act) provides $13.2 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund I (ESSER I Fund). The U.S. Department of Education (USED) awarded ESSER Fund grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. Of the $121.1 million awarded to Oregon, $108.9 million (90%) was awarded to LEAs in the proportion they received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in fiscal year 2019. $11.5 million (9.5% Reserve) was awarded to LEAs as determined by ODE. The remaining 0.5% ($605 thousand) is reserved for SEA grant administration. ESSER I Fund grants can be used to reimburse eligible expenses incurred between March 13, 2020 and September 30, 2022.

Note: ESSER I Fund grants are subject to the Equitable Services provision under the CARES Act.

For questions about this program, please email the ESSER team.





Each year the U.S. Department of Education (USED) requires states to submit data on the expenditure of their ESSER I, II, and III funds to fulfill federal reporting requirements. As this is the first year states will be reporting on ESSER II and III, the USED has updated their data collection requirements.

ODE will use ESSER reimbursement data and other data already submitted to ODE to complete most of the federal report. However, there is some additional data that will need to be submitted by school districts, ESDs, and state-sponsored charter schools. More information can be found on the Annual Federal ESSER Data Collection webpage.