South Carolina Department of Education EANS

South Carolina Department of Education EANS

In South Carolina, EANS stands for Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools and it's a two-part program funded by federal grants to help private K-12 schools cope with the challenges brought on by COVID-19. There are actually two versions of the program, each with its own funding and requirements:

CRRSA EANS: This part comes from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and South Carolina received nearly $40 million to distribute to eligible schools. The funds can be used for a variety of things like sanitizing supplies, PPE, technology for remote learning, and even professional development to help teachers adapt to new methods. To be eligible, schools must be non-profit, established before March 2020, and accredited. Application deadlines for CRRSA EANS have likely passed, but you can check the South Carolina Department of Education website for updates on any remaining funds.

ARP EANS: This section is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and South Carolina was again awarded around $40 million for eligible schools. The eligibility criteria for ARP EANS are slightly different, with a lower threshold of 20% low-income enrollment. Eligible schools can use the funds for similar purposes as CRRSA EANS, but there's an emphasis on supporting students with greater needs. Applications for ARP EANS remain open, though deadlines may approach soon, so head to the South Carolina Department of Education website or contact them directly for more information and instructions.

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