Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act), Pub. L. No. 116-260 (December 27, 2020), Congress first authorized the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) program as part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) Fund to provide emergency services or assistance to non-public schools in the wake of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP Act), Pub. L. No. 117-2 (March 11, 2021), authorized a second round of funding (ARP EANS) to provide services or assistance to non-public schools. With two exceptions, the requirements of ARP EANS are the same as those in section 312(d) of the CRRSA Act. The two exceptions are: (1) a State educational agency (SEA) may only provide services or assistance under ARP EANS to non-public schools that enroll a significant percentage of students from low-income families and are most impacted by the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency and (2) an SEA may not use ARP EANS funds to provide reimbursements to any non-public school for costs the school incurred to address the impact of COVID-19 emergency.
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) may provide services or assistance to non-public schools under the EANS program directly or through a contract with an individual, association, agency, or organization. To better facilitate this program under the deadlines, CSDE has contracted with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to disseminate and collect applications and to provide the services and assistance under the EANS program. To receive services or assistance under the EANS program, an eligible non-public school must submit an application to SERC. CSDE must prioritize services or assistance to non-public schools that enroll low-income students and are most impacted by COVID-19.
A non-public school may apply to receive a variety of services or assistance from SERC to address educational disruptions resulting from COVID-19. Services and assistance include, for example, supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities; personal protective equipment (PPE); training and professional development for staff on sanitation, PPE, and minimizing the spread of COVID-19; temporary physical barriers to facilitate social distancing; and educational technology to assist students and teachers with remote or hybrid learning.
American Rescue Plan Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (ARP EANS)
Thursday, October 28, 2021: 9:00 -10:00am EST
Register here: https://serc.info/arpeanswebinar