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The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which passed in March 2021, continues support to Nonpublic Schools through the Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) program. This program is often referred to as EANS II or ARP EANS. This program provides funding for emergency assistance to nonpublic schools. North Dakota's EANS II award is $4,151,371.

Regulations for EANS II require the state educational agency (SEA) to only provide services or assistance to nonpublic schools that enroll a significant percentage of low-income students AND are most impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, it does not allow the state to use EANS II funds to provide reimbursements directly to nonpublic schools.

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EANS II Allowable Use of Funds

A nonpublic school may apply to receive services or assistance through a public partner to address educational disruptions resulting from COVID-19 for:

   A. Supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities

   B. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

   C. Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems

   D. Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases

   E. Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing

   F. Other materials, supplies, or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain health/safety

   G. Expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress the virus

   H. Educational technology

   I. Redeveloping instructional plans for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss

   J. Leasing sites or spaces to ensure social distancing

   K. Reasonable transportation costs

   L. Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss

Note:

  • Under EANS II, the NDDPI is prohibited from providing reimbursements to nonpublic schools. No funds are directly provided to nonpublic schools.
  • A public agency gains title to materials, equipment, and property purchased under this program and must be labeled as property of the public entity.
  • 34 C.F.R. § 76.661 requires that equipment and supplies purchased with EANS II funds must be able to be removed from a nonpublic school without remodeling the school facility.
  • None of the services or assistance requested in the application can have already been supported by state or federal program funds.
  • All services or assistance requested, including any materials, equipment, and other items used to provide such services or assistance, must be utilized for secular, neutral, and non-ideological purposes.
EANS II Application

Eligible nonpublic schools must submit an EANS II application by April 21, 2022.

EANS II Eligibility

Nonpublic schools wishing to apply must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The nonpublic school must enroll no less than 17% of low-income students. The data used to meet this requirement must come from one of the following sources from the 2019-2020 school year and must be verifiable.
    • Data on student eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (43 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) or
    • Data from a different source, such as scholarship or financial assistance data.
  • The school must have been in existence prior to March 13, 2020.
  • The school must have been an approved nonpublic school through NDDPI for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The school must be an established not-for-profit entity; for-profit schools are ineligible.
  • The school requesting services or assistance did not, and will not, apply for and receive a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(37)) that is made on or after December 27, 2020.
EANS II Resources

 

EANS II Timeline
  • February 14, 2022: U.S. Department of Education awards EANS II funding to North Dakota
  • February 24, 2022: NDDPI posts low-income threshold, COVID-19 data requirements, and EANS II information
  • March 14, 2022: NDDPI posts EANS II nonpublic school application and notifies nonpublic schools via email
  • March 16 – April 7, 2022: EANS II Webinar Series
  • April 21, 2022: Application deadline (Extended due to snowstorm)
  • May 14, 2022: Last day for NDDPI to approve/deny applications
  • May 30, 2022: NDDPI notifies nonpublic schools of their approval
  • August 14, 2022: NDDPI obligates EANS II funds (i.e., NDDPI contracts with public partners as service providers) no later than six months after receiving the funds
  • July 1, 2022 – September 30, 2024: Nonpublic schools receive services and assistance
EANS II Webinars and Technical Assistance

The NDDPI hosted a series of webinars for the EANS II program.

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