Overview: EANS II (AKA “ARP EANS”) is a second round of COVID relief funding for nonpublic schools authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (March 2021). This program provides for another $2.75 billion for services and assistance to nonpublic schools that serve a significant number of low-income students and were most impacted by the pandemic.
Details: All of the requirements from the EANS I Program under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) will apply to the EANS II Program except that: 2
- State departments of education (SEAs) may only provide services and assistance to nonpublic schools that, first, enroll a significant percentage of students from low-income families and, second, have been most impacted by the pandemic; and
- EANS II does not allow for reimbursements to nonpublic schools.
Because of these new requirements states will need to develop a new application for EANS II and eligible nonpublic schools will need to apply again.
Timeline: As of this writing, all states have now applied for the EANS II Program and are waiting for approval from the United States Department of Education (US DOE). US DOE is now reviewing applications. States are expected to make applications available to nonpublic schools promptly but no later than 30 days after they receive the EANS II funds. Each state will then set its own deadline for submissions. States will then have an additional 30 days to approve or reject each application. As with EANS I, all funds will need to be “obligated” within 6 months of receipt by the SEA. EANS II funding may be utilized by a nonpublic School until September 30, 2024.
Eligibility: Nonpublic schools must serve a “significant percentage” of “low-income” students and be most impacted by the pandemic to be eligible for EANS II. Nonpublic schools also may not have received a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) on or after December 27, 2020. These requirements are discussed in greater length below.
Requirement to provide services and assistance to schools that enroll a “significant percentage” of students from “low-income” families: US DOE has interpreted the term “low-income” to mean that students must come from families whose income is at or below 185% of the 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines. US DOE also defined “significant percentage” to mean that 40% of the students in the school qualify as “low-income.” However, states are permitted to determine their own alternate “significant percentage” for the poverty threshold based on circumstance in the state. This threshold must be approved by US DOE.
Schools most impacted by the pandemic: US DOE also set out a variety of factors for states to consider in determining which schools have been most impacted by the pandemic. For any given private school, as compared to the other private schools within the same state, these factors include:
- the number of COVID infections per capita in the community or communities served by the nonpublic school;
- the number of COVID-related deaths per capita in the community or communities served by the nonpublic school;
- the data on learning loss and the social and emotional and mental health impact of the pandemic among the school’s respective students; and
- the economic impact of the pandemic on the community or communities served by the nonpublic school.
States are required to post the poverty threshold (including the data sources that they will utilize) and the pandemic related criteria on their websites once their EANS II application has been approved by US DOE.
To learn more about the EANS II Program and how it can benefit your students and your school(s), please join us for an ADAC webinar on October 19 from 2-3PM (EDT). The webinar is FREE.
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In addition to the webinar, ADAC will also be setting up office hours to answer your specific questions on how this program can work best in your school(s).
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