Please note: This blog is current to the date of its publication, Oct. 5, 2021. For additional updates or assistance navigating these uncertain times, please contact us or visit our SST COVID-19 resource page.
On Aug. 30, 2021, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the application for the second round of funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) I program. The purpose of the EANS program is to provide services or assistance to eligible private nonprofit schools (PNPs) to address educational disruptions caused by COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) extends the EANS program (ARP EANS II), and the TEA is expected to issue additional guidance on the extended program in early October.
The application for the second round of CRRSA EANS I is Oct. 8, 2021, providing opportunity for PNPs to receive services under this program through Sept. 30, 2023.
An eligible PNP is defined as an elementary or secondary school that:
- Is a non-profit organization
- Is accredited, licensed or otherwise operates in accordance with State law
- Was in existence prior to March 13, 2020, the date COVID-19 was declared a national emergency
- Did not receive a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on or after Dec. 27, 2020
Per the FAQs issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Education, a PNP may apply to receive services and assistance to address educational disruptions and expenses resulting from the COVID-19 emergency, including:
- Supplies to sanitize, disinfect and clean school facilities
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems
- Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases
- Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
- Other materials, supplies or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain health and safety
The TEA issued state-specific guidance for both the CRRSA EANS I and ARP EANS II programs in these FAQs, which include details and examples for:
- Application process
- Program timeline
- Grant requirements
- Allowable uses
- Audits and monitoring
- Other general questions
Navigating the nuances of PNPs, including the EANS program and other funding opportunities, can be overwhelming. The experts at SST are experienced in the unique regulations and sensitivities that impact K-12 schools, and our team is here to help you navigate these programs. Learn more about our service areas, or contact us today for immediate assistance.