Chester Area School

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Requirement for ARP ESSER School District Plan

Updated: 6/2/2021

 

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund was established in response to the immense challenges facing students, educators, staff, schools, and districts in preparing for and responding to COVID-19. The funds are for a wide array of activities to address diverse needs arising from or exacerbated by the pandemic, or to emerge stronger post-pandemic.  This includes responding to students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs.  Because of the unprecedented, one-time funding available to districts, the South Dakota Department of Education (the department) encourages school districts to invest the funding strategically. Investments should provide sustained benefits to students and positively impact the district long-term.

 

The below plan must be completed by each public school district receiving funding under the ARP ESSER, developed in concert with stakeholders as detailed below and available for public comment. Districts must submit this plan to the department by Aug. 20, 2021; all funds must be obligated by Sept. 30, 2024.  All funds must be liquidated by Dec. 10, 2024.

 

The ARP ESSER School District Plan Template is based on the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) Interim Final Rules 34 CFR Chapter II, Docket IDED-2021-OESE-0061 from April 22, 2021, the ARP State Plan issued April 21, 2021 from US ED, and US ED’s Frequently Asked Questions issued May 2021.

 

This plan must be provided in formats accessible to parents who speak a language other than English and individuals with disabilities.

 

School District:

Chester

Total ARP ESSER Funding Available:

$205,869

Date of School Board Plan Approval:

August 9, 2021

Budgeted to Date:

$0  ARP/ESSER III is not included in our FY22 budget

ARP ESSER School District Plan URL:

Chester.k12.sd.us

Amount Set Aside for Lost Instructional Time: minimum requirement $41,173.80

 

 

 

Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

 

  1. Describe how the funds will 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. Please insert NA if a category is not applicable to your plan.

 

Narrative

Approximate Budget

Overview

 

For the 2020-21 school year, the district budgeted and utilized funding toward prevention and mitigation of Covid-19 to assist in offering in-person instruction for the entire school year. 

 

We have not included the ARP/ESSER III funds in our district FY22 budget.  For FY22, we will be using previous ESSER funds as appropriate for student learning, recovery, advancement, and safety as it pertains to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

Equipment and/or Supplies

Items purchased previously with other federal funds:  Masks, Individual desk shields, plexiglass, hand sanitizer/hand sanitizer stations, and Chlorox 360 machines, Covid stipends for staff, and Flyer Care kits are examples of equipment and supplies our district purchased with other federal funding allocations.

 

 

 

 

Additional FTE

 

 

N/A

Other Priorities Not Outlined Above

 

 

N/A

Total Approximate Budget for Mitigation Strategies

TBD

 

 

Academic Impact of Lost Instructional Time

 

  1. Describe how the school district will use the funds it reserves (i.e., at least 20 percent of funding) 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 (please see U.S. Department of Education’s FAQ A-10  and C-2; districts may also consult the department’s Evidence Based Practices Template found under Documents/Resources here). This can include summer learning, extended school day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year. Please insert NA if a category is not applicable to your plan.

 

 

Narrative

Approximate Budget

Overview

The district will be offering in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year.  Almost 100% of our students chose to be in-person for the 2020-21 school year and that is anticipated once again in 2021-22.

Specific Evidence-Based Interventions (eg., curriculum, assessments)

We use evidence based curriculum and assessments across the district. 

 

Opportunities for Extended Learning (eg., summer school, afterschool)

We offer extended school (ESY), before/after school teacher assistance, and 9th period help time at the middle and high school levels.

 

 

Equipment and/or Supplies

TBD

Additional FTE

One additional FTE teacher in the area of special education was hired in preparation for the 2021-22 school year to educate our students with disabilities.  ESSER II has a budgeted amount to fund this position. 

 

ARP/ESSER III consists of a $41,173.80 budget item (20% learning loss) for a portion of the compensation for the additional special education teacher.

$41,173.80

Other Priorities Not Outlined Above

TBD

Total Approximate Budget for Academic Impact of Lost Instructional Time

$41,173.80

Investments Aligned with Student Needs

 

  1. Describe how the school district will ensure that the interventions it implements described in question 2 above 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.  This should include specific language around each of the below groups.  Discuss each category by elementary, middle, and high school, if appropriate.*

 

Population

Academic

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health

All students

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.  Free meals for all students will continue in the 2021-22 school year.

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

Students from low income families

 

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

 

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

Students of color

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

 

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

English learners

 

 

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

 

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

Children with disabilities

 

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

An additional special education will be in place.

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

Students experiencing homelessness

 

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

 

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

Children in foster care

 

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

 

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

Migratory students

 

 

All of our investments align with student needs.  In-person instruction and fully operational educational programs were provided in 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22.

 

-Flyer 5 District Wide Character Model and related activities for all students.

-The Humanity Launch is a program that will have a positive impact on students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health.

*If a population is not traditionally and was not present during the 2020-21 school year, the district may include a statement on how it will address the needs of such students should that population be present in the 2021-22, 2022-23 or 2023-24 school years.

 

Investments in Other Allowed Activities

 

  1. Describe how the school district will spend its remaining allocation consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act (see here for remaining allowable uses of funds). Please insert NA if a category is not applicable to your plan.

 

Narrative

Approximate Budget

Overview

 

With ARP/ESSER III, the district will budget for two new buses. 

Academic Supports

TBD

Educator Professional Development

 

TBD

Interventions that Address Student Well-Being

 

TBD

Strategies to Address Workforce Challenges

 

TBD

Other Priorities Not Outlined Above

New Buses

 

$164,695.20

Total Approximate Budget for Investments in Other Allowed Activities

$164,695.20

 

  1. If the school district proposes to use any portion of ARP ESSER funds for renovation, air quality, and/or construction projects, describe those projects below.  Each project should be addressed separately.  (Districts may add boxes as needed).  Please insert NA if this category is not applicable to your plan.

 

Please also note that these projects are subject to the department’s prior approval.  For further guidance, see U.S. Department of Education’s FAQs B-6, B-7, B-8 and C-27.

 

Narrative

Approximate Budget

Overview

N/A

Project #1

N/A

Project #2

N/A

Total Approximate Budget for Renovation, Air Quality, and/or Construction

N/A

 

  1. Before considering construction activities as part of the district’s response to COVID-19 and as a component to emerging stronger post-pandemic, describe how and with which funding sources the district will support other essential student needs or initiatives.

Narrative

Approximate Budget

Overview

The district will continue to use all funding categories available to support student learning that coincides with the needs of the school district.

 

 

TBD

 

 

Engaging Students at Risk

 

  1.  Describe how the school district will use ARP ESSER funds to identify, reengage, and support students most likely to have experienced the impact of lost instructional time, including, but not limited to:
    1. Students who have missed the most in-person instruction in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years
    2. Students who did not participate or participated inconsistently in remote instruction
    3. Students most at risk of dropping out of school.

 

Please note if these strategies represent a continuation from either ESSER I or ESSER II funding.

 

 

Narrative

Overview

The Chester Area School District operated in-person learning all of the 2020-21 school year.  Almost all students took part in our in-person traditional offering.  An online programming option was made available for all students.  

In addition to in-person learning, we have an alternative school option for students in grades 9-12.  Credit recovery is available as needed.

Missed Most In-Person

Our district offers interventions at the elementary, middle, high school.  In addition, our district provides an alternative high school option. Teachers are available before and after school.  At the middle and high school level, our district offers a 9th period help time where all teachers are available to meet with students.

Did Not Participate in Remote Instruction

 

We had very few students choose to participate in the online learning option we provided as a district.

At Risk for Dropping Out

 

Our school operates a district wide alternative high school to assist and provide an opportunity for students at risk for dropping out.

 

 

Stakeholder Consultation:

 

  1. Describe how the school district did and will continue to engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders around the planned use of ARP ESSER funds.

 

Narrative

Overview, including the three highest priority needs that emerged from consultation

 

The district utilized a starting school committee in 2020-21 which included our school improvement committee members in addition to several other key members in the planning process.  In addition, surveys were sent out to all parents and staff prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year to gather feedback.  We have public comment available at each board meeting and district plans are easily accessible in multiple languages on our school district web page. 

The three highest priority items gathered from surveys and public comments were the following:

 

  1. In-person learning. 2) Traditional schedule including operation of extra-curricular activities. 3) Allowing personal responsibility and choice in our response to Covid-19.

For the 2021-22 school year, a draft of the district Safe Return Plan was sent to all parents via email and posted on our school web page on July 27, 2021.  Public comment is available prior to plan approval on August 9, 2021.

 

Students

Discussion and collaboration

 

Families

Surveys, Board of Education Public Comment

 

School and district administrators (including special education administrators)

Administrative Team Meetings, Starting School Committee, Surveys

 

Teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions

 

Staff meetings, Starting School Committee, Surveys

Tribes (for affected LEAs under Section 8538 of the ESEA; see here for more detail)

N/A

 

Civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations), as applicable

 

N/A

Stakeholders representing the interests of: children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children and youth in foster care, migratory students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students

 

Surveys, Meetings, Board of Education Public Comment

 

The public

Surveys, Board of Education Public Comment

 

 

District Assurance of Regular Review

The South Dakota Department of Education will collect assurances from superintendents that ARP ESSER Plans have been reviewed, available for public comment, and amended if necessary at these points during the school year: 

 

  • December 2021 (in conjunction with December Child Count)
  • June 2022 (in conjunction with Year-End Sign-off)
  • December 2022 (in conjunction with December Child Count)
  • June 2023 (in conjunction with Year-End Sign-off)

 

To facilitate transparency, the department will post the link to each school district’s plan on its website.  It will be the responsibility of the district to ensure its link remains valid.


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Chester Area School is a quality preschool through twelfth grade facility nestled in a setting of green grass, elegant trees and golden crops. Experienced teachers and community pride are the perfect combination to provide the nurturing educational experience we offer.

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Chester Area School serves the communities of Chester, Wentworth and Franklin.
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