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​August 30, 2021

Dear Colleague, 

Final allocations of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts and charter schools have been posted to Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE’s) website.  The ARP Act requires states to reserve 5% of their total ARP ESSER fund allocation to address learning loss, 1% of their total ARP ESSER fund allocation to provide for summer enrichment programs, and another 1% of their total ARP ESSER fund allocation to provide for comprehensive after school activities. 

Act 24 of 2021 (Act 24) appropriated all three of these buckets of ARP ESSER set-aside funds to school districts and charter schools based on their share of Title I-A funds. This includes:

$250 million to address learning loss

$50 million for summer enrichment programs

$50 million for comprehensive after school programs 

Further, Act 24 requires school districts and charter schools to direct certain percentages of their allocation of the $250 million for learning loss to the following specific purposes:

    • At least 30% of the allocation must be used for student social, emotional, and mental health supports;
    • At least 10% of the allocation must be used for professional development and technical assistance to educators, school support staff, school leaders, and school health professionals to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students; and
    • At least 8% of the allocation must be used for reading support and improvement for students. 

Act 24 required PDE to notify school districts and charter schools of their allocations by August 30, 2021.  Access school district and charter school allocations of these ARP ESSER set-aside funds via PDE’s website. 

Act 24 requires school districts and charter schools to apply to PDE by November 29, 2021, to receive these funds. The application for these funds will be available in eGrants on September 2, 2021, and more information regarding the application, as well as guidance regarding the use of these funds, will be provided later this week. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to your regional coordinator in PDE’s Division of Federal Programs. 

Thank you for your dedicated service on the behalf of our Pennsylvania students.

Best in Education, 

Sherri