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American Rescue Plan (ARP)-ESSER funding plan

Washingtonville Central School District

ARP-ESSER Funding Plan

Introduction

The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language requiring local education agencies, such as school districts, that receive funding from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP-ESSER) to post on its website a plan by school year of how these funds will be spent.

New York has been allocated nearly $9 billion in funds, with a minimum of $8.09 billion (90 percent) going to local education agencies, including public schools. The Washingtonville Central School District’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSAA) allocation totals $3,837,830 and its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation totals $4,468,056.

Of this total, the following amounts must be dedicated toward specific areas:

  • $150,096 for summer enrichment/summer programming
  • $150,096 for after school programming
  •  $750,458 to address learning loss

Districts are also required to prioritize spending on non-recurring expenses in the following areas:

  • Safely returning students to in-person instruction
  • Maximizing in-person instruction time
  • Operating schools and meeting the needs of students
  • Purchasing educational  technology
  • Addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, including the impacts of interrupted instruction and learning loss and the impacts on low-income students, children with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness
  • Implementing evidence-based strategies to meet students' social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs
  • Offering evidence-based summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs
  • Supporting early childhood education

In addition, districts must identify programs and services that will continue beyond the availability of these federal funds and how local funds will be used moving forward in order to minimize disruption to core academic and other school programs.

Safely returning students to in-person instruction

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District will continue to implement protocols established by the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and community members.  CRSAA and ARP funds have been allocated to be used to fund expenditures for personal protective equipment, sanitation and staff.

Maximizing in-person instruction time

Plan Summary:  The main goal of the Washingtonville Central School District is to provide our students with in-person instruction each day while maintaining the health and safety of our school community. To maximize in-person instructional time the District may use the funding to support the following: the hiring of additional Academic Intervention Specialists, ENL teachers, Special Education teachers, and Response-to-Intervention teaching assistants;  and additional staffing to support instructional technology, and implementation of after school tutoring/instructional programs. 

All of our students will be offered the academic and social-emotional support needed to be successful in our schools. Funding has been allocated for a new school psychologist and social worker to help assist students with transitioning back to in-person learning, with a focus on their academic growth and social-emotional well-being.

In addition, CRSAA and ARP funds may be used to fund expenditures for continued implementation of COVID protocols, including personal protective equipment; cleaning and sanitizing supplies; purchasing of commercial portable air purification systems and HVAC retrofit systems to help improve air quality in all building cafeterias, nurse’s offices and the MS and HS auditoriums; and the purchase of furniture and barriers to help meet recommended CDC social distancing guidelines.

Operating schools and meeting the needs of students

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District will allocate funding to support staffing and professional development for intervention programs to support students’ learning loss. These academic intervention services can be built into a student’s academic schedule, and are also offered through our after-school programs, the HS Evening Academy and the MS Bridge Academy.  District-wide funding has been allocated to offer summer enrichment and summer school/credit recovery programs to all of our students.

With the roll-out of our 1-1 Chromebook initiative and the increasing technological needs within our district, funding has been allocated for an additional computer technician to help support our teachers, students and their families as they continue to utilize the various instructional technology resources available to them through our learning management systems.

Purchase of educational technology

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District may use funds for the purchase of non-recurring educational technology, such as wireless access points, SMARTBoards, and chromebooks. In addition, funding has been allocated for chromebook cases and accidental damage protection to ensure all students have uninterrupted access to teaching and learning when at school or at home.

Additionally, allocating funding for upgrades to our infrastructure will allow our students and teachers to have reliable and consistent access to their devices and instructional services such as online educational video streaming, online collaboration, and other educational online resources.

Addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all students, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness.

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District may use funds to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all students, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness by securing subscriptions for WiFi hotspots, securing translation services for communications to non-English speaking parents, and offering academic support through intervention programs available to students during and after school.

Implementing evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs

Plan Summary:   The Washingtonville Central School District may use funds to implement evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs through employment of social workers and counselors, implementing programs to reduce student anxiety, curriculum development pertaining to social-emotional learning, securing professional speakers for student engagement and implementing staff development programs centered around improving students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs.

Offering evidence-based summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs.

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District may use funds to offer evidence-based summer, afterschool and other extended learning and enrichment programs such as our elementary intervention blocks,  summer instructional programming, hiring of Response-to-Intervention teachers and teaching assistants, and implementation of after school tutoring/instructional programs.

Supporting early childhood education.

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District may use funds to support early childhood education and funding to support local costs associated with the District’s Universal Prekindergarten program.

Other areas of student performance and need.

Plan Summary:  The Washingtonville Central School District will ensure that programs continue beyond availability of CRSAA and ARP funding.  The District will use local funds to minimize disruption to core academic and other school programs including response-to-intervention services, and educational technology available to all students including our low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness.