Pandemic Relief Funds

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    The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) has received federal, state, and county resources to help us respond to the COVID pandemic. The district received one-time funding from the State COVID-19 Supplemental Funds, Wake County Government, Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ESSER), and the American Recovery Plan (ARP).

    In July 2021, a survey was shared with all WCPSS staff, families, and several community partners. The goal was to seek input on the use of ESSER III funds. About 7,900 responses with the largest group of respondents identifying as family members of WCPSS students (~ 5,800). Community Survey Responses

    Initial Pandemic Relief funding (Governor and County)

    Governor Cooper’s Emergency Fund - First emergency funds received: $3.8 m

    • $2.4 m for Child Nutrition salaries and benefits

    • $1.4 m for Custodial contract cleaning

    Wake County Government Summary of Expenditures: $29.1 m

    • 50,000 devices to facilitate remote learning - $14.1 m

    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitation and cleaning supplies, barriers, signage, MERV 13 filters - $7.9 m

    • Child Nutrition Services feeding program - $5.5 m

    • Student connectivity - $1.6 m

    Pandemic Relief funding (State and Federal) funds totals $443 million and span the 2021-2024 school years

    • As of Oct. 31, 2022, $262.5 million has been spent and $11.2 million is encumbered. 
    • An additional $101 million is projected to be spent through June 30, 2023.  
    • A remaining $68.3 million will be available for the final year of the pandemic relief funds from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.


    Below is a summary of the actual and projected pandemic relief spending through June 30, 2023. 

    NCDPI - Wake County Public School System COVID Expenditures Report as of Oct. 31, 2022

    PSU 920 Wake County Schools for PRC All Sum of all Covid Expenditures

    • Salary 64.5%
    • Employee Benefits 11.1%
    • Purchased Services 10.1%
    • Supplies and Materials 11.2%
    • Capital Outlay 0%
    • Other 3.0%.

    graph pandemic spending

  • Planned Expenditures: Nov. 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023: $112.2 million

  • Intervention Teacher Additional Months of Employment

  • Instructional Support and Digital Tools Education Technology Positions

  • Summer Career Accelerator and Enrichment

  • Mental Health Services

  • Staff Retention & Recognition Bonuses

  • Addressing Needs of Special Populations

  • Providing Principals with Resources

  • Minimize the Transmission of Virus/PPE Supplies

  • Facility repairs improvements to minimize virus transmission

  • Other ESSER-Eligible Activities

Feedback on ESSER funds spending

Spending will be evaluated each year to ensure alignment with current needs. Feedback on this process can be provided through:

Additional Resources: