K-12 Federal Funding

Navigating ESSER Funds

To aid in the recovery from COVID-19 shutdowns, various federal acts have designated more than $190 billion in K–12 education funding. Navigating these funds and understanding how they can be leveraged may be challenging, but we’re here to help.

Learn how your K-12 district can utilize funds received from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding packages to build out your digital learning environment with web filtering and classroom management solutions designed to keep learning safe and effective.

Learn how you can leverage ESSER funds
for your Lightspeed Systems® solutions

What Funds Are Available?

Whether your district is planning for and providing technology for virtual instruction during long-term closures or purchasing edtech hardware, software, and connectivity infrastructure to improve student-teacher interaction, the following breaks down ESSER funding allocation and availability.

CARES Act

CRRSA Act

ARP Act

Total funds available:

$13 billion

Total funds available:

$54 billion

Total funds available:

$123 billion

Deadline for awarding funds:

June 2021

Deadline for awarding funds:

January 2022

Deadline for awarding funds:

Not later than 60 days

Fund availability period:

Until September 30, 2022

Fund availability period:

Until September 30, 2023

Fund availability period:

Until September 30, 2023

What Funds Are Available?

Whether your district is planning for and providing technology for virtual instruction during long-term closures or purchasing edtech hardware, software, and connectivity infrastructure to improve student-teacher interaction, the following breaks down ESSER funding allocation and availability.

CARES Act

Total funds available:

$13 billion

Deadline for awarding funds:

June 2021

Fund availability period:

Until September 30, 2022

CRRSA Act

Total funds available:

$54 billion

Deadline for awarding funds:

January 2022

Fund availability period:

Until September 30, 2023

ARP Act

Total funds available:

$123 billion

Deadline for awarding funds:

Not later than 60 days

Fund availability period:

Until September 30, 2023

What Can ESSER Funding Be Used For?

Lightspeed Systems has been a trusted partner to schools for over 20 years. Our solutions, rooted in expertise and innovation, empower you to better educate and safeguard your students. You can use ESSER Funds for all Lightspeed Systems solutions.

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Student Mental Health Services and Support

This includes building strong relationships with students, and providing them access to support from trusted staff members, school counselors, and psychologists.

Applicable Solution(s): Lightspeed Alert™

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Online and Hybrid Learning Support

This includes improving student engagement, maintaining online learning options during the summer, and continuity of services.

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Improve Student/Teacher Interaction

Software that aids in the regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their teachers.

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Equipment and Asset Management

Device management to maintain asset and inventory records of equipment purchased and remotely track locations of equipment.

Applicable Solution(s): Lightspeed MDM, Lightspeed Analytics

Lightspeed Systems really stepped up and worked closely with us to get the filter up and running as fast as possible. Filtering our devices was one of the biggest hurdles during the shutdowns for us to overcome. It was amazing to me how quickly – within one to two days of having conversations – that we were able to get this up and running and set up on multiple platforms.

Dr. Tina Barrios

Assistant Superintendent of Information Systems and Technology

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Reimagine the inspired and interactive classroom for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. Lightspeed Classroom Management™ gives teachers real-time visibility and control of their students’ digital workspaces and online activity.

  • Ensure all students interact with only the right online curriculum — precisely when they’re supposed to use it.
  • Push out vetted curriculum links to all students at the same time.
  • Block inappropriate or distracting web sites and apps.

Ensure scalable & efficient learning device management. The Lightspeed Mobile Device Management™ system ensures safe and secure management of student learning resources with real-time visibility and reporting essential for effective distance learning.

  • A centralized, cloud-based solution for infinitely scalable device, application, and policy controls
  • Self-Service App Library, where teachers and students
    can access and install approved curriculum and learning tools
  • Remotely deploy, change, and revoke hundreds of policies and educational applications, while reducing typical downtime and costs

Prevent suicides, cyberbullying, and schoolviolence. Lightspeed Alert™ supports district administrators and selected personnel with advanced AI to detect and report potential threats before it’s too late.

  • Human review
  • Real-time alerts that flag signs of a potential threat
  • Intervene quickly before an incident occurs.
  • Activity logs provide visibility into online activity before and after a flagged event

Protect students from harmful online content. Lightspeed Filter™ is the best-in-class solution that acts as a solid barrier to inappropriate or illicit online content to ensure students’ online safety 24/7.

  • Powered by the most comprehensive database in the industry built through 20 years of web indexing and machine learning.
  • Ensure CIPA compliance
  • Block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and unknown sites, images, and video including YouTube
  • Keep parents informed with the Lightspeed Parent Portal™

Gain complete visibility into students’ online learning. Lightspeed Analytics™ gives districts robust data on the effectiveness of any tools they implement so they can take a strategic approach to their technology stack and streamline reporting.

  • Track education technology adoption and usage trends, eliminate redundancy, and drive ROI
  • Monitor app and content consumption to facilitate early adoption and effective utilization
  • Assess risk with visibility into student data privacy and security compliance