American Rescue Plan: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding (ARP ESSER III)

In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Act which included $122 billion dollars to support the safe reopening of schools as well as to address and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. The ARP ESSER III supplemental funding will provide financial support for Garrett County Public Schools over the next three years to support continued operation under COVID-related restrictions and to provide targeted recovery efforts specific to student learning and overall well-being. Information specific to the American Rescue Act: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding can be located at the following website:
GCPS submitted a grant proposal in August of 2021 to address the safe reopening to full in-person learning and to implement targeted recovery efforts to address learning loss as a result of the pandemic. GCPS allocated the ARP ESSER III Funding ($8,960,324) to the following categories and initiatives.
ARP ESSER III Funding by Category:
Category Amount
Administration $305,690
Mid-Level Administration $169,800
Instruction $5,549,290
Special Education $287,041
Pupil Services $385,000
Health Services $161,870
Pupil Transportation $387,300
Operations $307,034
Fixed Charges $1,277,299
Capital Improvements
Total ARP ESSER III Funding by Category $8,960,324
Breakdown of ESSER III Funding
ARP ESSER III Funding by Initiatives:
Initiatives Amount
Health and Safety Initiatives
  • Ventilation/Indoor Air Quality
  • Equipment for Sanitizing and Cleaning
  • Health Services (Staff and Supplies)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cleaning Supplies
  • Cleaner/Screener Staff
Recovery Opportunities
  • Summer Programming
  • Extended Learning Opportunities
  • In-School Interventions to Address Learning Loss
Instructional Initiatives
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Social and Emotional Support
  • Curriculum Development
  • Professional Development
  • Special Programs
  • Intervention Resources
Indirect Costs
Total ARP ESSER III Funding by Initiative $8,960,324
ESSER Chart by Initiative
ARP ESSER III File Library: