Federal Programs
COVID-19 Funding

​COVID-19 Pandemic: Emergency Relief Funds

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has received emergency federal funding due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These emergency funds were provided as the Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and they must be used for the prevention of, reduction of, or response to COVID-19. This funding is critical as the pandemic continues and we work to both respond and recover. 

The information outlines Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' response to community stakeholder feedback and how we used that input to guide our current spending and future allocation of the ESSER funds.


Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER)

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or ESSER I) provided direct funding to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools across the nation. 

The CARES Act is intended to assist eligible public school units during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools allotment for this fund is approximately $33 million. These funds must be used by September 30, 2022.


ESSER I - CARES Act

Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act


The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA or ESSER II) is to provide funds to address the areas most impacted by the disruption and closure of schools caused by COVID-19. For NC, addressing learning recovery was the focus, specifically summer school. 

CRRSA is intended to assist eligible public school units during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools allotment for this fund is approximately $141 million. These funds must be used by September 30, 2023.


ESSER II - CRRSA


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CRRSA Funding BOE Update (4.15.21)



American Rescue Plan


The American Rescue Plan (ARP or ESSER III) provides direct aid to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of COVID-19 on schools. ARP requires each public school unit to use at least 20% of their allotment for addressing learning loss. 

ARP is intended to assist eligible public school units during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools allotment for this fund is approximately $317 million. These funds must be used by September 30, 2024.


ESSER III - ARP Act


ARP Planned Investments + Stakeholder Input (9.01.21) 

ARP Funding Update (7.13.21)

ARP Planned Investments + Stakeholder Input (12.12.21)



​Stakeholder Feedback

We conducted multiple stakeholder input sessions in 2021 to guide our use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. The major themes and priorities that emerged are listed below:

  • Increased academic needs
  • Increased social-emotional & mental health needs
  • Increased absenteeism & disengagement
  • Increased need for translation & interpretation services for students & families
  • Continued need for the virtual/remote learning option
  • Continued need for technology & connectivity

The following priorities were identified based on the stakeholder input:

  • Equity & Additional Support based on student needs
  • Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health Support
  • Health & Safety Measures
  • Virtual & Remote Options
  • Teacher Professional Development, Coaching, & Support
Click Below to Read More

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