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, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ESSER), and the American Recovery Plan (ARP).  

    Current funding for WCPSS totals $431.4 million and spans the 2021-2024 school years. As of February 28, 2022, $179.4 million has been spent. Another $75.5 million is planned to be spent between March 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022. A projected $176.5 million will be available for the two years of remaining funding.

    Below is a summary of the actual and projected pandemic relief spending through June 30, 2022. Additional information can be found on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction website.

  • Minimize the Transmission of Virus/PPE Supplies - $24.5 million

  • Child Nutrition - $13.4 million

  • Educational Technology - $28.8 million

  • Virtual Academy Support - $15.7 million

  • Additional Instructional Support - $30.1 million

  • Summer Learning - $32.7 million

  • Mental Health Services - $13.5 million

  • Staff Retention & Recognition Bonuses - $64.7 million

  • Addressing Needs of Special Populations - $4.3 million

  • Providing Principals with Resources - $3.7 million

  • Other ESSER-Eligible Activities - $23.6 million

Feedback on federal funds spending

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