Today I will continue adding to the information I’ve shared regarding the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) program. As you’re aware, this is a program specifically to benefit private schools and their students through services provided by the State Education Agency (SEA) either directly or through contracts. All private, non-profit private schools are eligible to apply provided that the school is not applying for or receiving a second round of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) on or after December 27, 2020. The SEA can prioritize applicants by taking into account the number and percentage of low-income students and the impact of the pandemic on the school.
The following chart provides you with a timeline for the implementation of EANS.
There are two new resources that I am sharing with you this week. The first is that the U.S. Department of Education has developed a sample application that an SEA can use/adapt for the application of private schools for EANS benefits. You can see the sample application at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/emergency-assistance-non-public-schools/. While an SEA can adapt and add to this application, the sample contains what is required by law in the application. Even if your SEA has not released an application, collecting the information needed to complete this sample application will definitely help you be ready to complete your actual state application when the time comes.
Secondly, the U.S. Department of Education is listing those states that have approved applications for EANS and the funds that have been provided to the SEA for the program. The listing will be updated weekly. You can check it out at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/emergency-assistance-non-public-schools/eans-awards/.
As with any new program, there are a lot of moving parts. Couple this usual initial frenzy of activity with a relatively tight timeline for implementation and you can easily see the need for preparing as much in advance as is possible. I hope these resources help you do just that.
All the best,
Michelle L. Doyle
Michelle Doyle Educational Consulting