In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved a number of emergency support measures, including the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. About $30 million in ESSER grants have been set aside for North Dakota schools. Below is information about how the money has been allocated and how it may be spent.

Allowable Use of Funds

COVID-19 Needs:

  • Coordinated Emergency Response: Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of LEAs 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. Support Local Leaders: Providing principals and others school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
  • Address Unique Needs of At-Risk Populations: 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.
  • Ensure Preparedness & Coordination: Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs. This could include training and professional development for staff of the LEA on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Transportation: Transportation needs for child nutrition or instructional materials delivery.
  • Purchase Cleaning Supplies: Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of an LEA, including buildings operated by such agency.
  • Coordinating Long-Term Closures: 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.
  • Educational Technology: Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the LEA 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.
  • Mental Health Support: Providing mental health services and supports.
  • Supplemental Learning: Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online distance 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.
  • Professional Development: Provide professional development on distance learning or other COVID-19 related topics.
  • Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in LEAs and continuing to employ existing LEA staff.

Any activity authorized under the following federal programs including:

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Educational Equity, Support, and Assistance Act (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.),
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) (‘‘IDEA’’),
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.),
  • Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) (‘‘the Perkins Act’’),
  • Subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.).
District Allocations
Non-Public Requirements & Information
Non-Public ESSER Equitable Share
City School Amount
Belcourt St. Ann's Catholic School $21,487
Bismarck Martin Luther School $2,209
Bismarck The Innovation School $0
Bismarck Brentwood Adventist Christian School $0
Bismarck Shiloh Christian School $12,832
Bismarck Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Elementary School $19,883
Bismarck St. Anne Elementary School $15,042
Bismarck St. Mary's Central High School $8,414
Bismarck St. Mary's Elementary School $0
Bismarck St. Mary's Academy $0
Bismarck Missouri Valley Montessori $0
Devils Lake St. Joseph Elementary School $7,339
Dickinson Dickinson Catholic Schools $15,171
Dickinson Invitation Hill Adventist School $0
Dickinson Hope Christian Academy $0
Fargo Grace Lutheran Elementary School $0
Fargo Holy Spirit Elementary & Nativity Elementary $73,558
Fargo Sullivan Middle/Shanley High School $0
Fargo Oak Grove Lutheran Schools $0
Fort Yates St. Bernard Mission School $37,753
Grand Forks Holy Family Elementary School $9,568
Grand Forks St. Michaels Elementary School $33,488
Jamestown Anne Carlsen Center $0
Jamestown St. Johns Academy $36,273
Langdon St. Alphonsus Elementary School $7,294
Mandan Christ the King Montessori and Elementary School $23,127
Mandan St. Joseph Elementary School $13,773
Minot Bishop Ryan Catholic School $7,037
Minot Our Redeemers Christian $0
Rugby Little Flower Elementary $3,399
Valley City St. Catherine Elementary School $4,695
Wahpeton St. Johns Catholic Elementary School $3,694
West Fargo Trinity Elementary $16,914
Williston St. Josephs Elementary School $17,338
Williston Trinity Christian School $0