What is ESSER?

ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

Under the ESSER relief fund, the US Department of Education awards grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing Local Education Agencies (LEAs), like Putnam County School System, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

Explore PCSS's ESSER 3.0 Plan

Putnam County School System is being allocated $20,676,389.97 of ESSER 3.0 funds to address learning loss and COVID-19 relief. These funds are one-time or short-term expenditures. 20% ($4,135,277.99) of these funds must be utilized to address learning loss due to COVID-19. We must be strategic in how we use the funds to ensure that decisions made can be sustained once the money has been spent.

To see how we spent ESSER 1.0 and 2.0 funds click here

Below, you can explore Putnam County School System's ESSER 3.0 planning documents.



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ESSER 3.0 Needs Assessment

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ESSER 3.0 Federal Relief Spending Plan

ESSER 3.0 Community Engagement Checklist

ESSER 3.0 Safe Return to
In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

This website is to inform and educate on the ESSER 3.0 process. Updates will be made frequently.

We encourage all to check back regularly to see the latest information.