10 Questions to Ask as ESSER III Funding Ends


As the January 2025 expiration of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds’ approaches, educational institutions nationwide are at a pivotal juncture. These funds have played a crucial role in tackling the multifaceted challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, from fortifying remote learning infrastructure to implementing safety measures on school premises. Without continued support and strategic planning, school districts risk facing significant gaps in resources and programming, potentially exacerbating existing disparities among students and communities.

Looking back at your utilization of ESSER III funds and considering your achievements, challenges, and lessons learned, do you have a plan to ensure sustained progress and educational excellence for all students moving forward?

As you prepare for the final allocation of your ESSER funds this September, consider these 10 other questions to help navigate the end of funding effectively:

1. Assess Current Utilization and Impact: How effectively were ESSER funds allocated and utilized within our district?

2. Develop Transition Plans: Have we engaged stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, parents, and community members, in developing transition plans for post-ESSER financial scenarios?

3. Focus on Sustainability: Are we shifting our focus towards sustainable solutions that can be maintained without relying solely on external funding sources?

4. Emphasize Equity and Inclusion: How are we ensuring that resource allocation and programmatic priorities uphold equity and inclusivity within our district?

5. Enhance Accountability and Transparency: What clear accountability measures have we established to track the effectiveness of programs and initiatives funded through ESSER allocations?

6. Staff Development and Support: How have we invested in the professional development and support of our educators during the ESSER funding period to enhance their instructional practices and promote student success?

7. Student Well-being and Mental Health: What initiatives have we implemented to support the mental health and well-being of our students, and how will we continue to prioritize their social-emotional needs beyond the ESSER funding period?

8. Infrastructure and Technology: What improvements have been made to our school infrastructure and technology resources through ESSER funds, and how will we sustain and expand these enhancements to meet the evolving needs of our students and educators?

9. Community Partnerships and Collaboration: How have we leveraged partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and higher education institutions to enrich educational opportunities for our students, and how will we continue to foster collaboration for the benefit of our school community post-ESSER funding?

10. Advocate for Continued Support: How are we actively engaging in advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to secure continued support for education funding beyond the ESSER period?

As you brace for ESSER funds to expire, proactive planning and strategic decision-making will ensure educational continuity and progress. If you could benefit from further insights and strategies for navigating the end of ESSER funding, register now for our upcoming free webinar.

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Posted on March 29, 2024