If the SEA plans to reserve funds for emergency needs under section 2001(f)(4) of the ARP Act to address issues responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, describe the anticipated use of those funds, including the extent to which these funds will build SEA and LEA capacity to ensure students' and staff's health and safety; to meet students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs; and to use ARP ESSER funds to implement evidence-based interventions.
Pennsylvania is utilizing ARP ESSER SEA reserve funds for emergency needs under ARP section 2001(f)(4) to provide COVID-19 relief to other educational entities not included in the Title I-A distribution. Funds will be used to ensure the safe return to in-person instruction, meet students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, and address opportunity gaps that existed before—and were exacerbated by—the pandemic. The following educational entities will be supported with funding:
- $43.5 million to area career and technology education centers;
- $15 million to approved private schools, the chartered schools for the education of deaf or the blind, and private residential rehabilitative institutions;
- $43.5 million to IUs to provide technical support and training to school entities;
- $14 million to schools with an ESSA designation of A-TSI; and
- $19.9 million to educational programs for neglected, delinquent, and at-risk youth.