Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services (RIPICS)

  • RIPICS was communicated to Uplift families via direct email and social media channels.  Families were directed to for full back-to-school information.


  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund)

    ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief) was authorized under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) in February of 2021. It provides a total of $11.2 billion to Texas schools to ensure that students can return to school safely in the fall and to help districts sustain the safe operation of their facilities. Uplift Education expects to receive about $53+ million in ESSER III funding, which is intended to help reopen schools and accelerate learning and mitigate learning loss.

    ESSER III’s primary purpose is to direct attention to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s students. The funds can be used to attend to social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs that have resulted from the pandemic and have contributed to learning loss.

    Over a three-year period, Uplift Education will receive over $53+ million in ESSER III grant funds. Our commitment is to maximize the benefit of these funds through the implementation of innovative strategies such as High Impact Tutoring and Summer Institutes to make up learning loss, Scholar Culture Programs based on parent feedback to further engage scholars to retain enrollment over future years as well as offsetting salary costs across the network.

    The U.S. Department of Education (Department) may provide additional or updated information, as necessary, on the Department’s website at:

Use of Funds

  • Spending Guidelines and Learning Loss Activities

  • Uplift Education's Spending Plan


  • What is the purpose of ESSER III funds?

  • Are ESSER III funds required to be used for specific purposes?

  • What are some of the allowable uses for ESSER III funds?

  • What is the funding period for ESSER III grants?

  • What are the federal requirements around ESSER III use of Funds Plan?

ESSER Town Halls