American Rescue Plan at PCSSD

Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Signed into law on March 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education awarded these grants ­to state educational agencies for the purpose of providing local educational agencies, including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds are provided to state educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation's students.

The focus is to help schools return safely to in-person instruction, maximize in-person instruction time, sustain the safe operations of schools, and address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health impact of COVID-19.

The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has established three areas of planning for use of funds:

  1. Creating Safe and Healthy Learning Environments

  2. Addressing Lost Instructional Time or Loss of Learning

  3. Supporting Educator and Staff Stability and Well-Being

Frequently Asked Questions about the ESSER Fund: FAQ document from the U.S. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education that aims to answer questions that are not easily understood from a plain reading of Section 18003 and other parts of the CARES Act or the ESSER Fund Certification and Agreement. It was developed in direct response to questions that the U.S. Department of Education has received from SEA and LEA grant administrators implementing the ESSER Fund program. If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please email ESSERF@ed.gov.

Abbreviations

  • ADE: Arkansas Department of Education

  • ARP: American Rescue Plan

  • CRRSA Act: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

  • DESE: Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • EANS: Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools

  • ESSER: Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund

  • HCY: Homeless Children and Youth

  • LEA: Local Educational Agencies

  • SEA: State Educational Agencies

  • USED: U.S. Department of Education

Timeline

  • March 27, 2020 - President Trump signed the CARES Act, which established at $2 trillion package of assistance measures.

  • May 14, 2020 - Arkansas application for ESSER funds approved

  • December 27, 2020 - President Trump signed into law the CRRSA Act for ESSER II funds.

  • February 1, 2021 - LEA application for ESSER II Funds deadline

  • March 11, 2021 - President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act into law

  • March 20, 2021 - USED awarded grants to SEAs

  • July 13, 2021 - DESE submitted state assurances for the ARP HCY Funds

Funds Obligation Timeline

  • September 30, 2022 - ESSER l

  • September 30, 2023 - ESSER ll

  • September 30, 2024 - ARP ESSER

  • September 30, 2024 - ARP HCY

  • September 20, 2023 - EANS (CRRSA)

  • To be announced - EANS (ARP)

Ready for Learning: Public Comments

Questions or comments regarding the use of ESSER funds as it relates to the PCSSD Ready for Learning (Continuity of Services) Plan, can be submitted through this form. Questions will be answered within a reasonable amount of time through the Communications Department.

PCSSD Anticipated Use of ESSER Funds

The following chart illustrates anticipated expenditures using funds issued by the American Rescue Plan for fiscal years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Direct  Student Support / Continuous Learning/Learning Loss

Projected Amount

$2,400,000

$1,000,000

$240,000

$60,000

$160,000

$120,000

$170,000

$2,000,000

$50,000

Practice

Direct Instruction

Direct Instruction

Director of Innovation/STEM

Common Formative Assessment (CFA) Design and Implementation (2021-2022)

Novice Mentoring Lead Teacher

Center of Innovation (COI) and DRIVEN Virtual Academy (DVA) Administrator

Social Emotional Services

Credit Recovery and Tutoring (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021)

Digital Assessment Materials

Description

Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care, of the LEA, including by increasing instructional time by block scheduling for ELA and Math courses at the middle school level.  Decrease teacher student load by 50 while reducing the achievement gap between low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, and students with IEP (Reeves, 2003).

Increase in needed DRIVEN Virtual Academy certified staff due to increase in COVID 19 cases

Responsible for science and math curriculum development and implementation in both the virtual and traditional learning space.

School leadership resources - Addressing learning loss through administering high quality assessments that are valid and reliable (Reeves, 2003).

School leadership resources - Addressing learning loss through administering high quality assessments that are valid and reliable (Reeves, 2003).

Supporting students with mental health needs and learning loss and virtual students.

Planning and implementing activities related to supplemental mentoring and mental health support during school and after school programs at the middle school level.

Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low‐income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care to address student learning needs exacerbated by school closures.

Digital assessment materials for examiners to evaluate children under IDEA.

Code

170, ESA, or 191

170

170

182

181

185/182

184

170 and 184

180

High Quality Instructional Materials & Curriculum and Professional Development

Projected Amount

$700,000

$200,000

$300,000

$2,700,000

$500,000

Practice

Math and Science Books

District Career Academy Coach

Counselors (elementary/secondary)

COVID-19 Leave (substitute cost) and Vaccination Leave

Professional Development for ELA and Math Teachers

Description

Evidence based core math curriculum and related professional development (Reeves, 2003).

Career and Technology Education Programming to ensure professional development for the implementation of 90/90/90 practices with CTE across all High Schools (Reeves, 2003)

Mental Health and Academic Support for minority students and virtual students.

Providing 10 day COVID Leave due to quarantine and support for employee vaccination to prevent work-loss time.

Planning, designing and implementing instructional professional development and coordination of services for onsite, blended, and virtual instruction to address the needs of low‐income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care to address student learning needs exacerbated by school closures. 

Code

170

181 or Perkins

182

181

181

Systemic Procedures

Projected Amount

$4,000,000

$500,000

$1,875,000

$600,000

Practice

PPE/Cleaning Supplies

Contact Tracing (extra time on weekend and COVID nurse lead salary)

Supervision

Nutrition Budget Shortfall

Description

  • Supplies for sanitation of buildings

  • Spot screeners (2)

Support for maintaining a Point of Contact for all COVID-19 related information

Provide support for staff to ensure effective onsite learning practices and outcomes due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mitigate budgetary shortfall due to COVID-19 requirements for staffing and direct services to students

Code

188

190

187 or 191

191

Maintenance of Equity

Projected Amount

$980,000

Practice

Substitutes

Description

Offset the cost of increased substitutes due to COVID-19

Code

191

Technology

Projected Amount

$2,000,000

$25,000

Practice

Chromebooks

25 OWLs

Description

Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the LEA that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction to reduce learning loss between students and their classroom instructors, including low‐income students, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and students with disabilities.
iPads or Chromebooks for the second Life Skills class at Chenal Elementary, Interactive SmartBoard, and Desktop Computer to aid in mitigating learning loss for students with IEPs.

Adaptive technology to support virtual instruction

Code

185

Facilities

Projected Amount

$3,000,000

$4,000,000

Practice

HVAC (Sylvan Hills High - old building, Mills Middle, College Station Elementary, Harris Elementary, Lawson Elementary, Sylvan Hills Junior High)

Mills University Studies High - extension for 10 classrooms

Description

Improve air quality: replacement/repair projects to improve air quality in school facilities

Facility Improvement: to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards.

Code

197

196 or 191 or CTE

Transportation

Projected Amount

$400,000

Practice

5 Buses (clean diesel)

Description

Due to the expansion and changes in bus routes purchase of buses to support social distancing

Code

198