In March 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act into law. This act includes the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund, which allocates $126 billion for K–12 schools.
The Federal government requires a portion of the money to be spent on prevention and mitigation strategies consistent with CDC guidance on reopening of schools. Funds also must be spent on evidence-based intervention, summer programs, after school programs and academic recovery. Each local school district may have some discretion to allocate remaining funds, if available.
OPERATION OF SCHOOLS
It is our plan to remain open the 2021-22 school year with in-person school five days a week, while following the most up-to-date requirements. The district will prioritize quality instruction while implementing appropriate mitigation strategies. A virtual school option has been provided for qualifying students next school year.
ACADEMIC RECOVERY + INTERVENTION
Each of the five Boyle County schools will receive a portion of ARP ESSER to use toward academic recovery and intervention during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years. Plans include additional instructional time in reading and math, extended learning opportunities in reading and math, special education and co-teaching opportunities to reduce gaps, and more. Each school will receive additional staffing, and there will be money set aside to help students close any educational gaps created by the pandemic.
Additional resources will be provided for students’ social, emotional and mental health needs. Plans include expanded clinical services, additional staff training and more.
Each local school district may have some discretion to allocate remaining funds, if available.
Boyle County Schools would appreciate your feedback by Monday, July 26 in regard to our plan(s) for how the money is to be spent. If you have any questions, please call 859.236.6634.