August 1 ESSER Plan - Updated Draft

Appendix B

LEA ARP ESSER Plan Template

This optional template may be used by the LEA to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s  requirement that each LEA that receives ARP ESSER III funds submit a plan that describes how it will  use ARP Act ESSER III funds. The LEA is not required to use this template but should include all of the  template elements in the LEA ARP ESSER Plan that it develops and publishes on its website. The plan  should be published on the LEA’s website by August 1, 2021.

Section 1: Introduction

The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency  Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the  impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s students by addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and  mental health needs. Washington County Schools has been awarded $13,302,282.26 in ESSER III funds. This plan describes how the awarded funds will be used. Questions about this plan should be directed to Dr. Jeff Noe, Assistant Superintendent, Washington County Schools,  812 Thompson Drive, Abingdon, VA  24210,  276-739-3004.

Washington County Public Schools response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been and continues to be based upon the most up-to-date guidance from state and local health officials as well as the CDC.  At the heart of our response has been out students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs.  Our ultimate goal has been to return to in-person teaching and learning as quickly and as safely as possible.

Section 2: Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

ARP Act ESSER III funds may be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the  greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) guidance on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for  in-person learning. Washington County Public Schools will use approximately $1,300,000 of its ARP  Act ESSER III funds to implement prevention and mitigation strategies as described below.

  • Remove and replace older carpet in roughly 7 rooms per school building to improve air quality and sanitation issues
  • Increase ventilation of shop areas in the Career and Technical Center to meet industry standards
  • Provide cafeteria upgrades including additional serving lines and folding tables for students due to social distancing guidelines
  • Upgrade routing programs and camera systems on school buses for contact tracing purposes
Section 3: Addressing Unfinished Learning

Section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA to use twenty percent of its formula funds to  address the academic impact of lost instructional time (learning loss) through the implementation of  evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day,  comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs. Washington County Public Schools will use approximately $2,803,385.36 of its ARP Act ESSER III funds to address unfinished learning as described below.

  • Provide traditional remedial summer school opportunities during the summers of 2022-2024
  • Provide additional summer academic recovery and enrichment opportunities through content-specific CARE Camps (Comprehensive Academic Reinforcement and Enrichment Experiences) in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing
  • Provide additional Academic Recovery Support personnel for students with special needs during the 2021-2022, 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years
  • Provide extensive professional development to teachers in the areas of Assessment and Grading, Differentiation, and Student Engagement with a 3-year partnership with UVa-Wise to provide training, coaching and mentoring to impact teacher quality and enhanced student learning
  • Provide online access to high-quality content, instructional tools, professional learning, engaging media and comprehensive diagnostic and progress-monitoring assessments through the use of Discovery DEX, Nearpod, Flocabulary, IXL and Fast Bridge assessments
  • Continue Community Liaisons to support students and families with academic needs to develop effective family partnerships during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years (2021-2022 school year funded by ESSER II Set-Aside Fund addressing Unfinished Learning)
  • Continue partnership with Highlands Community Services for social/emotional/behavioral/mental health supports for students
  • Provide additional training to staff in critical areas through coursework provided by Math Recovery, The Writing Revolution, LETRS, and SPIRE
  • Create a centrally located Learning Center to provide academic support to students needing an alternative setting

Section 4: Other Uses of Funds

Section 2001(e) of the ARP Act permits school divisions to use the ARP Act ESSER III funding not  reserved to address unfinished learning to address the impacts of COVID-19 in a variety of ways Washington County Public Schools will use approximately $9,000,000 of its ARP Act ESSER III funds in  accordance with Section 2001(e) of the ARP Act as described below.

  • An entry vestibule will be constructed at each of the four high schools. This modification at the front of the building will create an added security measure and allow for health screenings, temperature assessments, social distancing and safety precautions.
  • Bathrooms will be renovated to allow for sanitation, hygiene and privacy issues.
  • Due to the increased demand for additional technology, renovation of or an addition to an existing school building will house the technology department with easy access for receiving and processing equipment.
  • Additional technology for students and staff purchased to replace older, damaged or lost devices.
  • Online registration through PowerSchool for students and families will provide greater efficiency and accuracy in the registration process
  • Supervisor of Innovation and Digital Learning
  • Additional technology technicians for distance learning
  • Software for Career and Technical Education
  • Partnership with Communities in Schools – to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life
  • Partnership with United Way of Southwest Virginia – to create a system of support, professional development, and strategies to improve trauma awareness and resilience

 

Section 5: Addressing Students’ Academic, Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs

Washington County Public Schools has partnered with Virginia Tech TTAC (Technical Training and Assistance Center) to develop a systemic plan of approach to address social-emotional needs.  We have also partnered with Highlands Community Services to provide on-site mental health support and day treatment services, as well as truancy prevention and interventionWashington County Public Schools will utilize grant funds provided by ESSER II Set-Aside funds to provide a Community Liaison at each school to support students and families with academic needs.

Section 6: Consultation with Stakeholders and Opportunity for Public Comment

In developing the ARP ESSER Plan, Washington County Public Schools conducted consultation in the following ways:

  • With stakeholders, including: students, families, school and district administrators (including special education administrators), teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions – Washington County Public Schools involved school and district administrators, teachers, students and families in the initial development of the ARP ESSER Plan through the use of numerous scheduled meetings.
  • With Tribes (if applicable); civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children who are  incarcerated, and other underserved students – Washington County Public Schools met with division level special education administrators, Federal Programs staff, homeless/homebound/foster care liaisons and ESL coordinator.
  • By providing the public the opportunity to provide input through Public Comment opportunities during the June and July meetings of the Washington County Virginia School Board and taking such input into account.

Section 7: Making the Plan Available to the Public

Washington County Public Schools has taken the following steps to make this plan available to the public:

  • The plan is posted at www.wcs.k12.va.us
  • The plan is available in multiple languages through the use of our web provider powered by Edlio
  • The plan may be orally translated for parents. Contact Judy Honaker-Martin honaker@wcs.k12.va.us (276-739-3019) to request translation; and
  • Upon request, a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA may be provided with the plan in an alternative format accessible by contacting Lisa McCoy, Coordinator of Special Services, lmccoy@wcs.k12.va.us (276-739-3052)