A new online dashboard is now available that will provide up-to date information on how local educational agencies are using federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to accelerate academic recovery, address mental health needs and provide resources to address impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Department of Education announced in an advisory.

The dashboard will allow the public to see how much funding an LEA received from each round of federal emergency funds, how much has been spent and the time remaining to spend the funds.

ESSER funds may be used for a wide range of allowable activities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Supporting physical health and safety, such as developing strategies and implementing public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Meeting students’ social, emotional, mental health, academic and other needs.
  • Operational continuity and other allowed uses.

Although the allowable uses of funds are similar across the three ESSER funds, there are important distinctions between the three programs, including the period of fund availability, equitable services to nonpublic schools, and required LEA reservations. More information regarding each ESSER program is available on the NJDOE website.

Questions regarding the ESSER funds should be sent here.