Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund III


What is the ESSER III grant?

The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s students by addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs.

This grant provides schools with funding to address the impact COVID-19 has had on services to students during school building closures. It also provides funding to develop and implement plans for the return to normal school operations.

What is required?

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) must make available a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.  FCPS will communicate this plan in emails to staff, parents and families, and the wider community in e-newsletters and on the Return to School webpages.  

In developing the ARP ESSER III Plan, the division must conduct consultation in the following ways:

  • With stakeholders, including: students; families; school and district administrators (including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions; and
  • To the extent present in or served by the LEA: Tribes; civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students; and
  • By seeking and taking into account public input.

Public Hearing

View the recording of the Fairfax County School Board Public Hearing that was held on Monday, June 7 at 6 p.m