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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds

ESSER funds are designed to provide resources to local districts to serve students and address the impact of COVID-19 on public school operations.

In addition to following standard statute and data requirements related to grants, school districts need to comply with the following expectations to receive ESSR III funds:

  • Reserve 20 percent of funds to address learning loss.

  • Submit information about spending to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

  • Receive feedback from stakeholder groups every six months

  • Publish safe return and instruction plans related to COVID-19. 

While it’s recommended that district’s follow CDC guidance in Safe Return plans, it isn’t required to receive funds. Essentially, a district’s Safe Return plan can include the methods district decides to use to safely manage the district, as long as the district is transparent about what the plans entail. Find our Safe Return plan on our COVID-19 dashboard page.


Received: $1.2 million

Use: Staff salaries to offset funds spent paying non-instructional workers through our shutdown.


Allocated: $4.5 million

Anticipated Use: LSR7 has not drawn on ESSR II dollars at this time but anticipates using the funds to support instructional salaries and adjustments made to the certified teaching and support staff salary schedules in the 2021-22 school year.


Allocation: $10.2 million

Anticipated Uses:  LSR7 has not drawn on ESSER III dollars at this time. However, we anticipate using these dollars for:

  • Materials & supplies for learning priorities such as online credit recovery, math curriculum, dyslexia/intensive reading resources, SEL resources and more
  • Stipends and salaries for credit recovery facilitators, MTSS specialists and a summer school coordinator
  • Renovating and replacing District HVAC mechanical systems

See our Dec. 2021 Stakeholder Report.

*The Missouri legislature passed the Supplemental Budget bill on Thursday, Feb. 24.

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