Federal Programs and Grants
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) was established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020. CARES provided direct funding to states and districts to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation. In December 2020, ESSER II was created through enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA). As with the initial ESSER Fund established by the CARES Act, the core purpose of the ESSER II Fund is to provide direct money to states and districts to address the areas most impacted by the disruption and closure of schools caused by COVID-19. In March 2021, The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund was enacted. ARP ESSER provides direct aid to states and districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of COVID-19 on schools.
ARP ESSER FUND
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act) provides $122 billion in funding to States and school districts to facilitate the safe reopening and operation of schools. In order to receive its allocation of these funds, every school district must first develop a plan (Safe Return Plan and LEA Plan for Use of Funds) that provides information on various areas of operation, allow public comment, and submit the plan with our application to the New Jersey Department of Education.
Click HERE for the American Rescue Planning Stakeholder Survey (ARP ESSER III). Updates to the plan are made every 6 months. The first 6 month cycle has passed to provide feedback to the program. Please check back regularly for updates to the plan and application. Thank you for your time in providing feedback for the use of funds and safe return plan.
SAFE RETURN PLAN
Click HERE for the ETBOE Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Pursuant to the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, Section 2011(i).
Spanish version available HERE
LEA PLAN FOR USE OF FUNDS
Click HERE for the ETBOE Plan for Use of Funds.
The Edison Township Public Schools encourages its students, families, teachers, school administrators, support staff, district staff and community members to comment on the plan.
A survey was made available to stakeholders during the initial planning stages of the plan. Access to the survey is available HERE for further comment. Responses to the survey will be reviewed for the continued revision of the district’s ARP ESSER plan and grant application.
Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the District will use its allocated funds to address student learning recovery and the ongoing impact of the pandemic using four major strategies:
- Teacher support
- Rigorous instructional materials
- Creating more time for learning
- Facility Upgrades
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated Grant
Edison Township Public Schools receives federal funds each year to support the operation of the Title I program in schools. Title I is a K-12 program that provides additional academic support and learning opportunities for students at schools with high percentages of socioeconomically disadvantaged children. The program is intended to help ensure that all students meet state academic standards. This is accomplished through the following research-based practices:
- Supporting reading/literacy programs
- Professional development for Highly Qualified Teachers
- Offering parents opportunities for involvement
- Developing a framework of accountability
If you would like to view our school district's ESSA application, visit: NJDOE Technical Assistance to Access EWEG page for instructions on navigating the online application portal.
For more information, please visit the links below.
- Edison Township Public Schools - District Parent Involvement Policy
- U.S. Department of Education – Title I, Part A Legislation
- NJDOE Entitlement Grants – Title I Resources
- Title I Legislation
- Every Student Succeeds Act
Edison Township Public Schools has 6 schools designated as Title I schools. Information about the programs and services planned for each school is linked below.
- Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
- James Monroe Elementary *new*
- Lindeneau Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School