Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) Program
As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (CRRSA Act) , Congress set aside $2.75 billion of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund specifically to provide emergency assistance to students and teachers in nonpublic schools through the Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) program.
The purpose of the EANS program is to provide services or assistance to eligible nonpublic schools to address the impact that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had, and continues to have, on nonpublic school students and teachers.
On February 23, 2021, New Jersey received an EANS formula grant in the amount of $68,749,847 to provide awards to nonpublic schools in the State. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is responsible for the administration of the EANS program.
For more information on the EANS program, please see United States Department of Education Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) Program, including FAQs.
Eligible Nonpublic Schools
For a nonpublic school to be eligible for the EANS program, the nonpublic school must meet all of the following criteria:
- Is non-profit;
- Operates in accordance with New Jersey State law;
- Was in existence prior to March 13, 2020, the date the President declared the national emergency due to COVID-19; and
- Did not, and will not, apply for and receive a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(37)) that is made on or after December 27, 2020. Note: If a non-public school applies for a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, but does not receive funds under the PPP, the school may apply for services or assistance under the EANS program.
Nonpublic schools that do not meet all the above criteria are not eligible for EANS program services.
Nonpublic School Allocations
The NJDOE calculated preliminary allocations of EANS funds to each nonpublic school based on student enrollment and its Free/Reduced Meals (FRM) counts, as submitted in its 2019-2020 Nonpublic School Enrollment Report. Each nonpublic school was also allocated an amount based on COVID-19 impact. If the nonpublic school did not experience an impact due to COVID-19, as determined by the school via the EANS application submitted by May 26, 2021, this portion of the school's allocation was not provided in the initial allocations. The following are some possible impacts due to COVID-19:
- loss of tuition revenue
- decrease in enrollment
- lack of capacity to provide remote learning due to insufficient technological support
- student learning loss attributable to the educational disruptions caused by COVID-19
Approved applicant schools were provided a supplemental EANS allocation to be used for any additional needs that schools may have to address COVID related impact. Schools that submitted the EANS Provider Matching Survey (deadline was July 15, 2021) and indicated they have additional needs beyond those submitted in the original EANS application, were allocated supplemental funds.
EANS Services and Assistance
A nonpublic school may apply to receive services or assistance to address educational disruptions resulting from COVID-19 for:
- Supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems
- Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases
- Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
- Other materials, supplies or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain health and safety
- Expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress the virus
- Educational technology
- Redeveloping instructional plans for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss
- Leasing sites or spaces to ensure social distancing
- Reasonable transportation costs
- Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss
- The NJDOE or another public agency gains title to materials, equipment, and property that it purchases under this program. Schools must label all purchases as “property of the New Jersey State Department of Education.”
- 34 C.F.R. § 76.661 requires that equipment and supplies purchased with EANS funds must be able to be removed from a nonpublic school without remodeling the school facility. A ventilation system that is installed and becomes a capital improvement does not meet these requirements. Similarly, new windows would not be permissible, however, servicing windows that are not opening properly to improve ventilation is permitted. A portable air purification system and repairing old windows to facilitate air flow could be allowable.
- None of the services or assistance requested in the application can have already been supported by a loan under the PPP or State or Federal program funds.
- All services or assistance requested, including any materials, equipment, and any other items used to provide such services or assistance, must be limited to secular, neutral, and non-ideological purposes.
Nonpublic School Application
The deadline to submit the application to receive services or assistance through the EANS program was May 26, 2021, and the application is now closed.
Nonpublic schools may choose their desired provider/s for EANS program services and assistance from the list of providers. View the EANS Providers by Service and County, which lists each provider, the counties they serve, and the services they can provide. Note that we have also provided a link to each provider’s website and contact information so they can be contacted for information on their services and costs.
The deadline to submit the EANS Provider Selection Survey was July 15, 2021, and is now closed.
The EANS Provider Selection Survey allows the nonpublic school to select the provider for each desired service. Nonpublic schools must reference the EANS Providers by Service and County and contact their desired provider for information on their services and costs before completing the survey. This resource lists each provider, the counties they serve, and the services they can provide.
Nonpublic schools must also reference the EANS Program Revised Total Allocations in order to complete the survey. Approved applicant schools have been provided a supplemental EANS allocation to be used for any additional needs that schools may have to address COVID related impact. Should schools have additional needs beyond those submitted in the original EANS application, these supplemental funds may be used to address those needs.
The survey requires schools to allocate funds to each of the selected EANS services, not to exceed the revised total allocation. The NJDOE will develop contracts with the providers using the data submitted in the survey, including the selected services and costs. The EANS Provider Matching Survey deadline is July 15, 2021. Provider contracts will be finalized no later than August 20, 2021, where upon the selected provider/s will reach out and discuss the nonpublic schools’ needs.
- NJDOE posts EANS application for nonpublic schools to participate: March 25, 2021
- NJDOE Program Office holds technical assistance session for nonpublic schools: April 2021
- Nonpublic schools submit application to NJDOE: On or before May 12, 2021 – extended to May 26
- NJDOE approves/denies applications: On or before June 11, 2021 – extended to June 24
- NJDOE holds technical assistance sessions on the EANS Provider Matching Survey: June 28, 2021.
- EANS Provider Matching Survey deadline: July 15, 2021
- NJDOE finalizes contracts with providers: By August 20, 2021.
- Providers contact the nonpublic schools they will serve and schools receive services and assistance: August 20, 2021, through June 30, 2023
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