COVID-19 Pandemic: Emergency Relief Funds

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has received emergency federal funding due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These emergency funds were provided as the Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and they must be used for the prevention of, reduction of, or response to COVID-19. This funding is critical as the pandemic continues and we work to both respond and recover. 

    The information outlines Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' response to community stakeholder feedback and how we used that input to guide our current spending and future allocation of the ESSER funds.

Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER)
  • *Additional CARES grants with specific purposes: tutoring, EC, SEL staff, digital curriculum, learning management system

    **Additional CRRSA grants with specific purposes: contracted support staff, summer programming, bonus for school nutrition staff

    ***Additional ARP grants with specific purposes: students experiencing homelessness (MCV), Exceptional Children (EC), $1000 COVID training bonus for teachers & qualifying instructional support staff, cyberbullying & suicide prevention, math enrichment program, summer career accelerator program, identification and location of missing students, driver training, school improvement/leadership


    COVID Funding BOE 1.25.22

    COVID Funding BOE Update 3.29.22

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

  • The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA or ESSER II) is to provide funds to address the areas most impacted by the disruption and closure of schools caused by COVID-19. For NC, addressing learning recovery was the focus, specifically summer school. 

    CRRSA is intended to assist eligible public school units during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools allotment for this fund is approximately $141 million. These funds must be used by September 30, 2023.


    CRRSA pie graph

    CRRSA Funding BOE Update (4.15.21)

    CRRSA Funding BOE Update (1.25.22)

    CRRSA BOE Update (3.29.22)

American Rescue Plan

Stakeholder Feedback

  • We conducted multiple stakeholder input sessions in 2021 to guide our use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. The major themes and priorities that emerged are listed below:

    • Increased academic needs
    • Increased social-emotional & mental health needs
    • Increased absenteeism & disengagement
    • Increased need for translation & interpretation services for students & families
    • Continued need for the virtual/remote learning option
    • Continued need for technology & connectivity

    The following priorities were identified based on the stakeholder input:

    • Equity & Additional Support based on student needs
    • Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health Support
    • Health & Safety Measures
    • Virtual & Remote Options
    • Teacher Professional Development, Coaching, & Support


    ARP Stakeholder sessions