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One-time COVID funds

Overview

Overview

To support school districts with unexpected costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state governments began offering one-time funding to school districts. This money is being provided to address academic achievement, supplement technology expenses, ensure clean and healthy learning environments, invest in comprehensive support for students and school communities, and to stabilize and diversify the educator workforce.

So far, there have been five funding sources for Minnesota school districts:

On this site, you can learn more about each of the funding areas, how MPS has been investing in students and schools, and provide feedback on how MPS should budget and spend the nearly $160 million available through the American Rescue Plan. Some key things to note are:
  • ESSER I funds are budgeted to address COVID-19 impacts in school-year 2020-21 and 2021-22
  • ESSER II funds are budgeted to address COVID-19 impacts in school-year 2021-22
  • Per the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), ESSER I & II must be spent before ESSER III
  • Districts should avoid recurring expenditures with these one-time dollars

Minneapolis Public Schools funding:

GEER CRF ESSER I ESSER II ARP/ESSER III Total
$1,464,204 $10,929,242 $18,705,817 $71,005,780 $159,468,895 $261,573,938


Prioritizing spending (from MDE)

MDE graphic showing tiers of student needs