ESSER III


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  • “USE OF FUNDS” PLAN
    Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) 

    ESSER-III
    Carroll ISD is addressing learning loss or accelerating progress to close learning gaps through the implementation,  expansion, or enhancement of learning supports that will begin at the start of the 2021-22 school year and the continuation of intensive instruction and support throughout the school year.  

    Carroll ISD is creating this plan as a result of student assessment data. Our data indicates that there was learning loss for students beyond the traditional summer learning loss. To account for anticipated learning loss and to serve the needs of HB 4545, CISD will hire instructional tutors to assist campuses with maximizing instructional time for teachers, interventionists, and counselors to directly work with students in need. In addition, CISD will design summer learning academies for students that will provide targeted interventions for specific areas of learning needs based on 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 assessment data. 

    ESSER III Meaningful Consultation with Stakeholders - Public Notice Presentation with Stakeholder Input

    PRIORITY 1: Academic Supports, Learning Loss, Learning Acceleration, and Recovery for all students and student groups by adding additional campus support to coordinate all accelerated instruction at each campus. 

    PRIORITY 2: Mental Health and Wellness Supports for virtual learning students returning to in-person learning and other impacted student groups. 

    DATES OF IMPLEMENTATION: 2020-2023 (carryover period through 2024) 

    SUPERINTENDENT: Dr. Lane Ledbetter 

    DATE OF SUBMISSION: TBD 

    This segmented Needs Assessment supports a process for Carroll ISD to determine priorities on which to focus. It is not  meant as a comprehensive tool, but rather a tool to use with targeted areas.  

    Carroll ISD intends to apply for ESSER III funds (ARP ESSER III) to respond to the pandemic and the impact it has had on  our student learning. Carroll ISD will expend a minimum of 20% of their grant funds on: 

    1. Evidence based interventions, and 
    2. Ensure interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact  of the coronavirus on student populations as defined in ESEA Title I, Part A, students experiencing homelessness, and youth in  foster care. 

    Funding expires: September 30, 2024 

    Public Input: 

    • June 8-22, 2021 Survey 
    • June 21, 2021 Public Meeting
    • July 19, 2021 Public Meeting 

    Links 

    Safe Return to In-Person Instructions and Continuity of Services Plan 

    Intent to Apply Public Notice Announcement - First Notice and Second Notice 

    Carroll ISD Board Meeting Dates 

    • Monday, June 7, 2021 
    • Monday, June 21, 2021
    • Monday, July 19, 2021

    DISTRICT NEED 1 

    Coordination Purposes 

    1. Coordination of accelerated instruction to maximize time for campus staff to intervene with instruction and students in need 
    2. Provide information about school district and community resources available to students and their families and assist them to  access those resources when needed.
    3. Plan and coordinate appropriate instructional strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that align with the campus and  student data to meet the needs of identified students to accelerate their learning. 
    4. Facilitate tasks for RTI /504/Accelerated Instruction identification and monitoring, including referrals, collection of evidence  data, and utilizing and maintaining the data management system to maintain lists of students participating in additional support,  their progress, and other needed information.
    5. Maximize interventionists, counselors, assistant principals, and principals time to focus on instructional needs and leadership. 

    Prioritized Needs: 

    1. CISD focuses the program plan based on the needs of the campuses to maximize teacher and interventionists time to directly work with students. 
    2. CISD focuses the program plan based on the individual needs of students based on state and local assessment. 
    3. CISD consulted with staff, students, and community members to determine this was a high need. 

    Principles of Understanding: 

    1. Intervention/Accelerated Instruction during intervention periods is a school-wide and district-wide program. 
    2. Intervention/Accelerated Instruction is based upon individualized plans for each student in need. 
    3. Intervention/Accelerated Instruction is part of the regular school day or before/after school as an extended school day. 
    4. Intervention/Accelerated Instruction is standards-based, directly aligned with each students' data. 

    Data: CISD will administer diagnostic and ongoing benchmark assessments in ELAR and Math. Assessments could include Amplify, Imagine Math, Istation, NWEA Map Growth, and District-created Assessments. CISD is committed to following protocols and processes to monitor the effectiveness of the learning loss interventions 

    Analyze baseline, diagnostic, formative and summative assessments administered according to our district assessment  calendar. 

    Conduct data meetings to report and discuss student growth. Teachers will analyze student assessment results and student  work. District & Campus instructional leaders will plan, facilitate and follow up on all meetings regarding intervention/accelerated goals  and instruction. 

    Group students according to data in interventions and enrichments during designated times on each campus. 

    Document and monitor time spent by interventionists, teachers, counselors, and other related staff to ensure maximized time  for students in need. 

    Document progress of all students in need. Maintain a data management system for students in need of accelerated instruction. 

    Expenditures: link


    DISTRICT NEED 2 

    Coordination Purposes 
    Mental Health and Wellness Supports for virtual learning students returning to in-person learning and other impacted student groups. 

    Prioritized Needs: 

    1. CISD offered virtual learning in 2020-2021 and had students that did not attend in-person learning at all or for much of the 2020-2021 school year. CISD focuses the program on supporting students to acclimate to the in-person school setting.
    2. CISD consulted with staff, students, and community members to determine this was a high need. 
    3. S.B. 179 restores the balance of academic guidance, emotional support, and other administrative tasks in the counselor's workload by requiring that school counselors spend at least 80 percent of their time performing statutorily-defined counseling duties. This will ensure that school counselors have ample time to devote to the academic and emotional needs of the students under their care. With S.B. 179, school counselors will be able to devote the necessary time to steering Texas students toward bright futures.

    Principles of Understanding: 

    1. Wellness support will be implemented for DVA students who are returning to in-person school. 
    2. Stress-management support will be provided for students who struggle with learning loss, anxiety, and peer/adult connections.
    3. Academic and Social/Emotional interventions will be provided for students who have an IEP, 504 plan, and through RTI. 

    Data:

    CISD counselors will utilize wellness screeners to gauge the mental health needs of students. 

    1. Conduct meetings to report and discuss student growth. Counselors will follow up on  meetings regarding intervention, goals and instruction. 
    2. Document and monitor need and time spent by counselors to ensure maximized time for students in need. 
    3. Document progress of all students in need. Maintain a data management system for students in need in Eduphoria. 
    4. Counselors will track time spent on counseling and non-counseling duties each month of the year to ensure that they are in compliance with the S.B 179. 

    Expenditures: link

    Allowable Activities 

    Activity Description Description required for Minimum Required Set-Aside

    • A1 Any activity authorized under Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) 
    • A2 Any activity authorized under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 
    • A3 Any activity authorized under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act 
    • A4 Any activity authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 
    • A5 Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of LEA with State and local public health departments, and other  relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to  coronavirus
    • A6 Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, students with disabilities (SWD), English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population 
    • A7 Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEA 
    • A8 Training and professional development for staff of the LEA on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases 
    • A9 Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of the LEA, including buildings operated by the LEA 
    • A10 Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students
    • A11 Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, … including providing technology for  online learning to all students 
    • A12 Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, … how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under IDEA 
    • A13 Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, … how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements 
    • A14 Purchasing educational technology (hardware, software, and connectivity) for students … that aids in regular/substantive educational interaction between students and instructors, including low-income students and SWD, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment 
    • A15 Providing mental health services and supports, including through implementation of evidence based full-service  community schools 
    • A16 Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning -- providing classroom instruction or online learning  during summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, SWD, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care 
    • A17 Planning and implementing activities related to … supplemental afterschool programs -- providing classroom instruction  or online learning … addressing the needs of low-income students, SWD, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care 
    • B1 Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic  minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Administering and using high-quality assessments 
    • B2 Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic  minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students
    • B3 Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic  minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Providing information and assistance to parents & families on effectively supporting students 
    • B4 Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic  minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Tracking student attendance and improving  student engagement in distance education 
    • B5 School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs 
    • B6 Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school  facilities, including … mechanical and non- mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
    • B7 Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including … filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems 
    • B8 Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school  facilities, including … window and door repair and replacement. 
    • B9 Developing strategies and implementing public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in  line with guidance from CDC for the reopening and operation of school facilities 
    • B10 Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in the LEA 
    • B11 Other activities that are necessary to … continuing to employ existing staff of the LEA