In response to the economic outcome of COVID-19, Congress passed three bills:

These bills provide immediate and direct economic assistance to Districts negatively impacted by the pandemic. DeKalb County School District received its share of allocations.

CARES Act I

This bill was signed into law on March 27, 2020. These funds are specifically for coronavirus response activities, such as planning for and coordinating during long-term school closures, purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all student, and additional activities authorized in the law.

$35,647,291
March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2021

CARES Act II

This bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020. These additional funds are specifically for planning for and coordinating activities that address learning opportunity loss, preparing schools for reopening, testing, repairing, upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings, and additional activities authorized in the law.

$139,470,859
January 5, 2021 – September 30, 2022

ARP Act ESSER III

This bill was signed into law on March 11, 2021 to speed up the recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community input was invaluable during the development of the application. We will continue to engage the community in dialogue and feedback throughout the process.

$313,231,738
March 24, 2021 – September 30, 2023