- COVID-19 Information and Resources for School and School Personnel
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
- Department of Education (ED) Student Privacy Guidance Regarding COVID-19, Virtual Learning, and the 2020 Census
May 12, 2020 - ED Releases Application Information for ESSER Fund
Agency News and Guidance
June 26, 2020 - ED Releases Q&As Addressing IDEA and COVID-19
ED released a Q&A on the use of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B funds, another addressing IDEA Part C funds, and a third addressing flexibility on Part B fiscal requirements.
June 25, 2020 - ED Issues CARES Act Rule Addressing Private Schools
ED issued an interim final rule outlining how local education agencies (LEAs) must calculate the funds available for providing equitable services to students and teachers in private schools. It also updated its FAQs on equitable services.
June 24, 2020 - ED Sets August 1 Deadline for Applying for CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
This deadline targets institutions of higher education (IHEs) that did not initially apply to receive allocations from the fund.
June 22, 2020 - ED Posts Questions and Answers on IDEA Part B, Part C Dispute Resolution in a COVID-19 Environment
The documents responds to inquiries concerning implementation of IDEA dispute resolution procedures.
June 22, 2020 - ED Posts Supplemental FAQs on HEERF
The FAQs address issues including spending deadlines, use of funds, and documenting lost revenues.
June 19, 2020 - ED Launches Competitive Grant Program Funded by ESF
The Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program (ESF-RWP) is funded through the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF), authorized by the CARES Act. The $127.5 million program is open to all states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Applications are due August 24. The notice inviting applications is here. A pre-application webinar is scheduled for June 29, 2:00 p.m. Register here.
June 18, 2020 - ED to Hold Project SERV Funds in Reserve
The department will wait until later this year to allocate $100 million appropriated in the CARES Act.
June 17, 2020 - Interim Final Rule Hits Legal Roadblocks
Two district courts (Washington and California) preliminarily enjoined ED from implementing requirements of its interim final rule regarding student eligibility for HEERF assistance. ED will comply with the orders with regard to the affected entities but enforce the rule to the extent not enjoined.
June 16, 2020 - ED Updates Guidance for Higher Education Study Interruptions
The guidance addresses study interruptions related to COVID-19 and relief from return of CARES Act Title IV funds.
June 12, 2020 - ED Signs Agreement with BIE for Education Stabilization Fund
The agreement between ED and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) governs $154 million set aside for BIE programs.
The interim final rule addresses which students are eligible for assistance from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). It will be published in the Federal Register on June 15 and open for comment for 30 days.
June 11, 2020 - ED Posts Pre-Application Recording, Slide Deck for Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K-12 Education Models (ESF-REM) Grants
June 10, 2020 - ED Posts State Certifications and Agreements
ED posted documents for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the Elementary And Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. They indicate each state’s status with respect to requirements in the CARES Act.
June 9, 2020 – ED Seeks Approval for CARES Act Data Collection
ED is requesting an emergency clearance so that institutions of higher education may determine individuals’ eligibility for emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act.
June 8, 2020 - Secretary Announces Waiver Availability for IDEA
States may request a waiver to use FY 2018 Part B grant awards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for an additional year, as provided by the CARES Act. The announcement includes a request form.
June 4, 2020 - ED Updates Waivers for Perkins, Adult Education
The waivers extend the period of availability for FY 2018 funds to September 30, 2021.
June 4, 2020 - New FAQs Address MOE Requirement
ED has posted FAQs that pertain to maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirements in the CARES Act for the GEER and ESSER Funds.
May 29, 2020 - ED Extends Deadline for GEER Fund Applications
The June 1 deadline for states to apply for the GEER Fund in the CARES Act has been extended until June 8.
May 29, 2020 - ED to Host Pre-Application Webinar for Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K-12 Education Models (ESF-REM) Discretionary Grant Competition
The webinar is June 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Interested applicants can register here.
May 28, 2020 - ED Updates Waivers for Perkins, Adult Education
The waivers extend the period of availability for FY 2018 funds to September 30, 2021.
The text in red indicates that guidance represents ED’s thinking but lacks the force of law.
The waivers extend the availability of FY 2018 funds.
May 19, 2020 - ED Releases FAQs on GEER Fund
Governors must submit an executed Certification and Agreement for the approximately $3 billion fund by June 1.
Section 18004(a)(3) grants provide additional funds to public and private nonprofit institutions demonstrating the greatest unmet need due to coronavirus. The methodology for calculating allocations is here.
May 15, 2020 - Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Updates List of Waivers Granted Under the CARES Act
Forty-one waivers have been granted in the last 30 days to extend obligation periods for Perkins and adult education grants.
May 14, 2020 - RSA Releases Q&A on State Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) document also addresses American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) and Randolph-Sheppard programs in the COVID-19 environment.
May 11, 2020 - Department Releases Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 While Serving Migratory Children
May 8, 2020 - FAQs Address ESSER Fund
The ESSER Fund is part of the CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund.
May 7, 2020 - Internal Revenue Service Releases FAQs on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Emergency Financial Aid Grants Under CARES Act
The waivers extend the period of availability for FY 2018 funds through September 30, 2021.
May 6, 2020 - ED Releases Higher Education Reporting Requirements
The Federal Student Aid Office released requirements for information that must be posted on each institution’s primary website.
May 4, 2020 - ED Announces CARES Act Funding for Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa
April 30, 2020 - ED Makes Available CARES Act Funds for Minority-Serving Institutions and Institutions Serving Low-Income Students
April 30, 2020 - ED Posts Guidance on Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Nonpublic Schools under CARES Act
April 30, 2020 - ED Posts FAQs on Student and Institutional Portions of CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
April 29, 2020 - ED Provides Fact Sheet for Transferring State and Local Funds Under Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to Support Distance Learning
April 28, 2020 - ED Posts Q&A on Fiscal Management of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Specific to COVID-19
April 28, 2020 - ED Posts Notices Inviting Applications for CARES Act Grants for States with Highest Coronavirus Burden
ED also posted (on the same page) a table with coronavirus burden calculations by state for one of the two grant competitions being implemented for high-burden states, the Rethink K12 Education Models program. The deadline for submitting a notice of intent to apply for that program is May 19. Deadlines for the Reimagining Workforce Preparation grants have not yet been set.
April 27, 2020 - ED Releases Report to Congress on Waiver Authority Recommendations
The report, requested in the CARES Act, considers authorities under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
April 27, 2020 - ED Announces Plans for CARES Act Set-Aside For Hardest Hit States: Rethinking K-12 Education Models and Reimagining Workforce Preparation
Application packages will be available within two weeks.
April 23, 2020 - ED Makes Available Emergency K-12 Relief Funds from CARES Act
April 21, 2020 - ED Makes Available Institutional Half of CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Guidance, forms, and additional information is available here.
April 14, 2020 - ED Releases Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund Allocations
April 14, 2020 - ED: Career and Technical Education Programs Can Donate Federally Funded Medical Supplies
April 10, 2020 - ED Posts Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Allocations (by Institution) and Related Documents
FFIS summarized these institutional allocations by state in its State Allocations Spreadsheet.
April 6, 2020 - ED Posts Streamlined Process for Requesting Waivers
April 3, 2020 - ED Posts New K-12 Funding Flexibilities
March 26, 2020 - Rehabilitation Services Administration Posts Q&A on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Performance Accountability in the COVID-19 Environment
March 21, 2020 - ED Posts Fact Sheet on Accessibility and K-12 Distance Learning
ED also posted a Q&A document on the topic.
March 20, 2020 - ED Approves Standardized Testing Cancellation
Updated July 1, 2020