An ESSER Update

On March 24, 2021, the Montana OPI received from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Funds, authorized under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The ARP-ESSER provides $382,019,236 (ESSER III) for Montana schools to safely reopen and sustain safe operations of schools while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the third round of ESSER funding that Montana has received and is available through September 2024. 


ARP-ESSER Key Dates & OPI Technical Assistance Opportunity Timeline 

December 17, 2021 - District ARP ESSR Plan Update submitted to OPI and updated version posted to school websites.

December 17, 2021: Safe Return and Continuity of Services plans must be updated and posted to school websites.

January 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – Federally Mandated ESSER Data Collection Webinar (Orientation and Expenditure Details)

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/89282184011?pwd=d3RvNzdGZHlZY01LN1BxdVJXVWtHQT09

  • Passcode: 954267
  • Or Telephone
  • +1 213 338 8477  or +1 206 337 9723  or +1 646 558 8656
  • Webinar ID: 892 8218 4011
  • Passcode: 954267

January 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – Federally Mandated ESSER Data Collection Webinar (Equitable Support & Safe Reopening)

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/89573004446?pwd=YzlkdnNqZG1GaDhVMnJzSmZIb2VwQT09

  • Passcode: 633226
  • Or Telephone:
  • +1 206 337 9723  or +1 213 338 8477  or +1 646 558 8656
  • Webinar ID: 895 7300 4446
  • Passcode: 633226

January 19, 2022, 10:00 AM – Federally Mandated Data Collection Webinar (20% Lost Instructional Time, Home Internet, & Hiring and Retention)

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/81131100901?pwd=Ym1jSVJNVkx1YTFOdmF6YWFnMUF6dz09

  • Passcode: 728070
  • Or Telephone:
  • +1 213 338 8477  or +1 206 337 9723  or +1 646 558 8656
  • Webinar ID: 811 3110 0901
  • Passcode: 728070

January 26, 2022, 1:00 PM – Federally Mandated Data Collection Webinar (Review and Frequently Asked Questions)

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/85714216023?pwd=ZDltU0M3cVRtKzhHaXgrcGxhSzVMdz09

  • Passcode: 823437
  • Or Telephone:
  • +1 213 338 8477  or +1 206 337 9723  or +1 646 558 8656
  • Webinar ID: 857 1421 6023
  • Passcode: 823437

 

March 18, 2022 – District Federally Mandated Data Collection Complete and Submitted to OPI

Disclaimer: This information is subject to change as final guidance and information is released by the USED. 

• Updated December 16, 2021 •

COVID Related Funding Received By Montana Schools  

COVID-Related Funding Received for Public and Non-Public Schools Graphic: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) I = $41,295,230; ESSER II = $170,099,465; ESSER III = $382,019,236; Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) = $24,679,709; Total Funds = $618,093,640  

 

Weekly ESSER Bulletin

On Wednesday, November 24, OPI sent the initial ESSER Weekly Bulletin to all Authorized Representatives, Clerks, County Superintendents, Superintendents, and Principals – Local Board Chairs will be added in future publications.  This new bulletin is designed to put timely ESSER related information in front of school leaders to keep them up to date ESSER hot topics and compliance deadlines.  We will continue to provide forward looking ESSER updates in the COMPASS but will leverage the Weekly Bulletin to provide timely updates and support.  All weekly bulletins that are sent directly to school leader email addresses will also be housed HERE for your convenience.  We are always looking for better ways to serve you! 


COVID Related Funding Spent 

• January 5, 2022 •

COVID-Related Funding Spent Graphic: ESSER I (Total= $41,295,230; $32,070,741 Spent; 78% Spent); ESSER II (Total= $170,099,465; $31,915,731 Spent; 19% Spent); ESSER III (Total= $382,019,236; $8,260,008 Spent; 2% Spent); EANS (Total=$24,679,709; $827,766  Spent, 3% Spent)

 

 


ESSER After School Grant Info

ARP-HCY Homeless Grant Information


 

Contact Info

Jeff Kirksey, ESSER Program Manager, 406-444-0783

 

ARP-ESSER State Plan

On August 5th, the U.S. Department of Education approved the ARP ESSER State Plan for Montana that the OPI had submitted on June 7th.  This action allows the OPI to begin transferring the remaining one-third of the ESSER III Fund balance to school districts.  It also gives the OPI an approved roadmap for helping our great Montana schools use this large influx of Federal funding to innovate and improve instruction for our Montana students.  Our plan recognizes local control, removes obstacles and barriers for schools, and enhances accountability without being overly burdensome.

Plan Attachments

Guidance

 

 

ESSER I

ESSER II & III

ESSER District Resources

District Plan Resources

Content Area One-Pagers

Data Collection Resources

Allocation & Status Update

Fund Coding - Current Consolidated Guidance Document

 

LEA ESSER & Continuity of Service Plans

 

Monitoring