American Rescue Plan

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School has been awarded American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds this school year. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to address student learning recovery.

Public Feedback

Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School encourages all of its stakeholders to comment on the plan via the email address established for this purpose. Our  stakeholders include parents, teachers, and others. Public comments will be considered as Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School finalizes this plan.

Public Comment Email:

Survey ARPDr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School encouraged its families, teachers, school administrators, support staff, and community members to complete a survey took fewer than five minutes to submit to let their voice be heard. All survey responses were anonymous. 

You may view the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Funds Stakeholder Survey 2021The ARP ESSER survey was open through November 11, 2021. Responses to the survey were reviewed for inclusion into the district’s ARP ESSER plan and grant application.  

Your continued feedback will be an invaluable resource to the district as we move forward with the planning process for how ARP ESSER funds will be used to make the most impact for our students.  

Frequently Asked Questions

A total of $2,764,587,703 is available to the state. Ninety percent, or $2,488,128,933 will be awarded to eligible LEAs. Note that only two-thirds of the total state allocation is available at this time.



The purpose of ARP ESSER is to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) such as Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School (DLEACS) to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools.


Grant allocations are posted on the NJDOE ARP ESSER DISTRICT ALLOCATIONS PAGE (ARP ESSER) Fund Subgrant Allocations (


  • Start Period: Funds may be used for allowable costs incurred on or after March 13, 2020;
  • Obligated through: September 30, 2024, which includes the Tydings period (General Education Provisions Act §421(b)(1)); and
  • Liquidated by: October 13, 2024.


Yes, LEAs must expend a minimum of 20 percent of their grant funds to:

  1. Address learning loss activities through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs, and
  2. Ensure that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups.


Yes, the NJDOE has identified recommended uses for LEAs to consider when writing their plans.  It should be noted that ARP ESSER funding is a one-time appropriation from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). In developing local plans, the NJDOE strongly encourages LEAs to consider how ARP ESSER funding might interact with other federal funding to promote sustainable use.


ARP ESSER funds are designated to be used in any or all of 16 buckets, which include addressing learning loss, providing professional development, improving indoor air quality, providing social and emotional supports, updating and providing technology. NJDOE allowable uses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Activities authorized under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, or the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.
  • Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
  • Providing principals and others school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
  • Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.
  • Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies.
  • Training and professional development for staff of the local educational agency on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.
  • Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including for how to provide meals to eligible students, how to provide technology for online learning to all students, how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.) and how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
  • Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
  • Providing mental health services and supports.
  • Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
  • Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care, of the local educational agency, including by—
  1. Administering and using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable, to accurately assess students’ academic progress and assist educators in meeting students’ academic needs, including through differentiating instruction.
  2. Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
  3. Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment.
  4. Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
  • School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs.
  • Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.
  • Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ existing staff of the local educational agency.
  • Develop strategies and implement public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the CDC for the reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff.


Since the large influx of ARP ESSER funding into LEAs can result in funding deficits when it ends, the LEA must plan for how to effectively and efficiently use the ARP ESSER funds. It is recommended to use the ARP ESSER grant funds for one-time or short-term expenditures to address the identified needs caused by the pandemic.