Local Use of Funds Plan Summary
1. How will ARP ESSER funds be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent CDC guidance on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning?
We will continue to implement cleaning and safety protocols consistent the the CDC guideline.
2. How will the LEA use the funds it reserves under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year?
The District will utilize funding set aside from section 2001(e)(1) ARP Act to continue to invest in comprehensive afterschool programming and summer learning/ enrichment for its elementary, middle, and high school students. Additionally, the District will further utilize the funding to facilitate the purchase of Smart Screens for use in its classrooms, to assist with remote learning capabilities.
3. How will the LEA spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act?
In addition to the facilities improvements identified below in Section 4, the District will also be seeking to purchase additional Chromebook, laptop computers and associated technological equipment for its staff and students in an effort to achieve a 1-to-1 technology ratio across the District, increasing overall remote learning capabilities for students and staff. Further, the District will be purchasing two (2) new, larger school busses, which will increase spacing capacity and allow for more social-distancing among student riders. Lastly, the District desires to make overall network connectivity improvements throughout all District facilities, to improve student and staff remote learning capabilities.
4. How will the LEA ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to the interventions implemented under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students.
Students identified as most impacted by the pandemic in regards to their social/emotional needs will receive individual, group, and/or classroom counseling from one or more of the following: School counselor, district social worker, district nurse, or district psychologist . Other school staff - teachers and/or administrators, NECCO Family Counseling therapist and/or case worker. Other outside agency as deemed appropriate by the student's parents - Shawnee Mental Health, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Southern Ohio Behavioral Health, or Autism Services, Parent/guardian meetings and possible outside agency recommendations will be made for students with more advanced social/emotional needs ¿ Students identified using Fairland's At-Risk Rubric will be given a Student Success Plan. Sixth grade students will participate in Botvin Life Skills Training that promotes mental health through personal-development and social skills. In cases where students and their families refuse or are unreceptive to help, Children's Services may be notified. School-wide PBIS program. To eliminate barriers to services, meetings may be held virtually or over the phone. Additionally, the district social worker and outside agencies provide home visits
5. Briefly describe how the LEA determined its most important educational needs as a result of COVID-19.
Teachers, administors and other stakeholders reviewing student assessment data, social and emotional needs data
6. Briefly describe the LEA's proposed timeline for providing services and assistance to students and staff with these funds. Intervention and afterschool programs began in January 2021. We will continue until the learning and social emotional needs of our students affected by the pandemic have been met.
7. Briefly describe the extent to which the LEA intends to use ARP ESSER funds to promote remote learning.
Updated network infrastructure, purchase additional Chrombooks, laptop computers and associated technological equipment for staff and students in an effort to achieve a 1-to-1 technology ratio across the District, increasing overall remote learning capalitilites for staff, online curriculum and professional development required to improve remote instruction and student learning.
8. Describe the LEA's plan for addressing learning loss by: administering and using high-quality assessments to assess students' academic progress and meet students' academic needs, including through differentiating instruction; implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students; providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment; and/or tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
Identified learning gap needs will be filled utilizing : Academic Prep Classes Intervention Specialist Remediation Student Success Plans After School Tutoring Attendance Plans Cross grade-level communication Data-based decision making Coordination with relevant partners to support academic success (ie. Necco, Lawrence County ESC, Ohio University Southern) Homework Help Room Re-teaching of concepts below proficient. Students who have been most impacted by the pandemic in regards to their social/emotional needs are identified using: Family, teacher, and administration recommendation Student self- reporting At-Risk Student Rubric SEL Needs Assessment. Teachers will determine the best evidence based teaching strategies to address learning loss and social emotional student issues. Teachers will also continue to receive PD related to improving distance teaching and learning.