American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

  • The Elizabeth Public Schools 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

  • The Elizabeth Public Schools 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 on this plan will be considered as the Elizabeth Public Schools finalizes this plan.

    Public Comment Email:

    The Elizabeth Public Schools encourages its students, families, teachers, school administrators, support staff, District staff and community members to complete a survey that takes fewer than five minutes to submit and lets your voice be heard. All survey responses are anonymous. 

    Complete the survey today at American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Funds Stakeholder Survey 2020-2021.  The ARP ESSER survey is open through Thursday, June 17. Responses to the survey will be reviewed for inclusion into the district’s ARP ESSER plan and grant application.  The survey is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and, Arabic.

    Your 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.  

    Over the next four summers and three full fiscal years, the District will use the more than $42,773,788 in one-time/short-term federal funds to address student learning recovery and the ongoing impact of the pandemic using four major strategies:

    • Teacher support
    • Rigorous instructional materials
    • Creating more time for learning
    • Facility Upgrades

     The final ARP plan for the Elizabeth Public Schools will be posted on the district website on or before June 30, 2021.


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Stakeholder Forums

  • Each stakeholder forum will offer a brief presentation on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Kindly complete the registration form with the required information: Name, Email address, and Affiliation. Prior to the meeting, an email will be sent to those persons with a Zoom link to participate.

    To register, please complete the Registration Form below Student Government, EPS Team Member and their Unions, and Central Office/Principal Forums will be closed to the public and login is required to sign up and participate.

    Central Office and Principal Forum |Zoom Invitation
    Monday, June 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

    Parent Forums 
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m.| Register 
    Friday, June 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m.| Register

    EPS Team Members and their Unions Forum | TEAMS Invitation
    ( login required)
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Community Organization Forum |Register
    Monday, June 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

    Student Government Forum| TEAMS Invitation                                  
    ( login required)
    Monday, June 14, 2021, 1:41p.m.- 2:14 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much funding is available to New Jersey LEAs?

  • What is the purpose of the ARP ESSER funds?

  • How will school districts know their grant amounts?

  • What is the funding period for ARP ESSER grants?

  • What are the federal requirements around the LEA ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan?

  • Are the ARP ESSER funds required to be used for specific purposes?

  • Are there recommended uses of ARP ESSER funds that will assist LEAs in addressing the impact of the COVID pandemic and disruptions leading to learning loss?

  • What are some of the allowable uses of the ARP ESSER funds?

  • Will the state provide replacement funds for ARP ESSER after 2024?