The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act designated $13.5 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding for K-12 entities.
Dougherty County Schools was allocated $7.1 million but was required to reserve $527,239.00 to provide equitable services to non-public school systems that service Dougherty County residents.
Dougherty County Schools’ CARES budget was approved by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE). The funding can support expenditures from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2022 in consideration of the allowable carryover period. As of December 31, 2022, Dougherty County Schools has expended $7.1 million of the CARES Act allocation as follows:
Period Amount Use of Funds Summary FY20: 3/13/20 – 6/30/2 $ 1,991,441 Expenditures included: (1) Funding to allow for continuity of district services including school nutrition services (2) Personal protective equipment (3) Instructional resources and replacement devices to support virtual learning. FY21: 7/1/20 – 6/30/21 $ 4,961,972 Expenditures included: (1) Instructional resources and replacement devices to support virtual learning (2) Funding to allow for continuity of district services including school nutrition services (3) Personal protective equipment FY22: 7/1/21-6/30/22 $141,819 Equitable services for 6 private schools FY23: 07/01/22-09/30/22 $16,732 Equitable services for 6 private schools Total Expended $ 7,111,964 Funds Remaining $ 3,305 All equitable service funds for 6 private schools
Remaining ESSER I funds are earmarked for equitable services.
In addition to the $7.1 million ESSER I grant allocated to the Dougherty County School System by formulas prescribed in the CARES Act, GADOE has issued grants from the 10% reserve it was allowed to retain when sub-granting the ESSER funds. Each additional grant is authorized for a specific programmatic purpose and is subject to equitable services. In total, the Dougherty County School System has received ten additional grants from funding authorized by the CARES Act totaling approximately $1,569,396 as follows:
GADOE Reserve Grant Title Amount Allocated Expended thru 12/31/22 Remaining GNETS $ 152,734 $ 152,734 $0 CTAE Grants for Extended Day, Extended Year, Supervision, and Youth Apprenticeship (4 grants) $ 17,377 $ 13,751 $ 3,626 ESSER CARES Act - SA Reserves $ 800,000 $ 800,00 $ 0 ESSER CARES Act - Equitable Services $ 527,241 $ 526,381 $ 860 ESSER CARES ACT - Special Education Supplemental Relief $ 28,397 $ 28,397 $ 0 ESSER CARES Act - School Nurse $ 43,647 $ 19,177 $ 24,530
Remaining ESSER I SEA Reserve grant funds are earmarked for the designated purpose of the grant and any required equitable services. Funds are available through December 31, 2022.