ARP/Instruction/Continuity of Service Plan, 6 Month Revision, December 2021

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P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA  24457

540-863-1809         540-863-1804 fax

 

ARP/ESSER Plan

 

Section 1: Introduction

The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s students by addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. Alleghany County Public Schools has been awarded $4,413,298.73 in ESSER III funds. This plan describes how the awarded funds will be used. Questions about this plan should be directed to S.B. Callahan, Director of Elementary Instruction, 540-863-1800. 

 

Section 2: Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

ARP Act ESSER III funds may 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, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning. Alleghany County Public Schools will use approximately $2,500,000.00 of its ARP Act ESSER III funds to implement prevention and mitigation strategies as described below.

  • Improvements/Renovations in HVAC operations at all 5 schools. These upgrades may include new chillers, pumps, condensers, mold mitigation, and numerous other system advancements in order to provide a higher quality air concentration in each of our buildings that students/staff frequent.
  • Increased use of learning space for meeting physical distancing guidelines. Including but not limited to: creation of multi-use outdoor learning spaces at each school, barriers/dividers, signage, etc.
  • PPE needs: masks, sanitizer, approved disinfecting materials and supplies, etc.

Section 3: Addressing Unfinished Learning

Section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA to use twenty percent of its formula funds to address the academic impact of lost instructional time (learning loss) through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs. Alleghany County Public Schools will use approximately $1,200,000.00 of its ARP Act ESSER III funds to address unfinished learning as described below.

 

ACPS plans to fund approximately 3-5 positions over the next 2-3 years to allow for subject matter experts to provide instructional coaching across multiple classes/grades in terms of differentiation, interventions, and best practices to make up for learning loss. ACPS  extended the number of days in the 20-21 school calendar to 185. During the summers of 2021-2024, ACPS will institute “HILL” academies (High Intensity Learning Loss) that will provide more flexibility in regards to attendance with weekly offerings and additional/extended day opportunities as opposed to our traditional summer school. 

Section 4: Other Uses of Funds

Section 2001(e) of the ARP Act permits school divisions to use the ARP Act ESSER III funding not reserved to address unfinished learning to address the impacts of COVID-19 in a variety of ways. ACPS will use approximately $500,000 of its ARP Act ESSER III funds in accordance with Section 2001(e) of the ARP Act as described below.

ACPS will utilize remaining funds to assist the division in providing high quality measures including but not limited to: growth assessments, quick checks, benchmarks, and summative/formal measures. The need for continued online instructional support through CIP, Canvas LMS/Virtual VA, Performance Matters, LASER, MasteryConnect and Edgenuity will assist the division in meeting the academic needs of students that dictate a need for off-site learning modalities.

 

Section 5: Addressing Students’ Academic, Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs

Academics tie hand in hand with maintaining a strong SEL component for ACPS students. To help ensure social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (disadvantaged, minorities, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness), ACPS will seek to hire a candidate qualified in mental health and child psychology to assist our current SPED director, mental health counselor, and visiting teacher. This employee’s primary responsibilities will be to coordinate with building level admin the resources needed to support any student experiencing hardships in terms of their overall well-being related to their health and instructional success.

 

Section 6: Consultation with Stakeholders and Opportunity for Public Comment

In developing the ARP ESSER Plan, Alleghany County Public Schools conducted consultation in the following ways:

  • With stakeholders, including: students, families, school and district administrators (including special education administrators), teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions – Routine meeting of the developed FLEC committee which addresses all instructional/operational implementations due to pandemic.
  • With civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students – meetings of local special education advisory committee, Title I district advisory committee, homeless/homebound liaisons, and private placement collaboration.
  • By providing the public the opportunity to provide input through surveys and school/division level advisory committee meetings and taking such input into account.

 

Section 7: Making the Plan Available to the Public

 

Alleghany County Public Schools has taken the following steps to make this plan available to the public:

  • The plan is posted at www.alleghany.k12.va.us; and an updated plan will be highlighted for public review at least every 6 months;
  • The plan is available in multiple languages through request, please call 540-863-1800;
  • The plan may be orally translated for parents. Contact central office at 540-863-1800 to request translation; and
  • A parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA may be view the plan online as all material provided is ADA compliant.

     

     

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    P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

    Low Moor, VA  24457

    540-863-1809         540-863-1804 fax

     

    ACPS Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

    Section 1: Introduction

    The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s students by addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. This plan describes how Alleghany County Public Schools will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other school and division staff during and following the return to full in-person instruction. Questions about this plan should be directed to Dr. Jason Conaway, 540-863-1800.

     

    Section 2: Maintaining Health and Safety

    Alleghany County Public Schools has taken and will continue to take actions to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, and other school and division staff during and following the return to full in-person instruction. A description of actions already taken and additional actions planned can be found at the following link on the ACPS webpage: http://www.alleghany.k12.va.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_8986/File/COVID-19%20Information/Alleghany%20County%20Public%20Schools%20Health%20Mitigation%20Plan%202.24.2021.htm

    In addition, Alleghany County Public Schools has adopted policies on each of the following safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Universal and correct wearing of masks by all students and staff at all times, unless otherwise noted.
  • Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing- use of all common areas, podding of students, and scheduling adjustments (cohorts) as needed.
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette signage posted in buildings
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation: HVAC upgrades, and deep cleaning measures in place at each school at least once a week in addition to newly frequently used areas measures.
  • School Nurse Manager implements the ACPS contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, and in collaboration with the state, regional, and local health departments.
  • Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities has taken place since January of 2021 and approximately 69% of school staff have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of November 1, 2021.
  • Coordination with state and local health officials, Alleghany/Covington Health Department and ACPS has a strong collaboration and coordination of services has been effective since onset of the pandemic as outlined in our Health Mitigation Plan.

     

    Section 3: Continuity of Services

    Alleghany County Public Schools has taken and will continue to take actions to ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff social, emotional, mental health, and other needs.

     

    ACPS has taken the following steps to ensure continuity of services during virtual day implementations, school closures, and diminished in-person learning:

  1. Academic – all students were able to return in person 4 days a week by 1st of March for 20-21 school year after beginning the school on a hybrid plan (at least 2 days in person). Students in highly effected subgroups had the option to attend 4 days a week from beginning of school year. Increased number of instructional days in the calendar, expanded summer school and after school offering. 21-22 school year has been ongoing with in-person 5 days a week instruction and we also offer a virtual academy option for those students eligible after application approval. We have had zero school building or division closures to date, November 1, 2021. 
  2. SEL – Emphasis from current Division Mental Health Counselor to provide adopted SEL curriculum for all students at each of the 5 schools in coordination with guidance counselors. This along with future expenditures from the mental health side for additional support through ARP finances in terms of child development/psychological well-being staff.
  3. Other – continued delivery of meal services provided since March of 2020 through bus transportation, off site campuses, and on site pick up at schools until August 2021. Instructional materials also delivered as needed with coordination from building level admin and transportation. Extracurricular and athletic activities were resumed for full competition under appropriate health mitigation strategies starting February 2021. Previous allowances for stricter VDH/CDC participation guidelines were followed for virtual practices, pods, and maintain physical distancing/masking requirements as to not totally abandon any season during the 20-21 school year and still provide students with some involvement. 21-22 has provided extracurricular opportunities consistent w/ pre-covid participation following health mitigation protocols, CDC and VDH guidance. 

     

    Section 4: Opportunity for Public Comment

     

    In developing the ARP ESSER Plan, Alleghany County Public Schools sought public input and took such input into account as described below.

     

    Public input was sought through a variety of measures for school instructional and health mitigation plans: routine meeting of FLEC (comprised of numerous community stakeholders in and outside of the public school setting along with general public members); surveys provided to general public pertaining to health mitigation protocols (masking, distancing, etc) and instructional protocols (in person learning, virtual platforms, etc.) to address comfort levels with any proposed implementations; routine meal delivery communications due to closings, altered schedules, weather, etc.; Virtual advisory committee meetings held at the school level; virtual town halls to answer public questions on division plans for the 20-21 school year; recorded informational sessions on various topics trending from CDC/VDH updates. A revision/update every 6 months will be made available on division homepage. 

     

    Section 5: Periodic Review and Revision of Plan

     

    During the period of the ARP ESSER award (until September 2024), ACPS will periodically review and, as needed, revise its plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. The plan will be reviewed at least every six months, and ACPS will amend as necessary upon seeking public input during the review process through our district FLEC team and local media. Plan revisions will address the most recent CDC guidance on schools remaining open, if any are issued. Last update was November 1, 2021. 

     

    Section 6: Making the Plan Available to the Public

     

    Alleghany County Public Schools has taken the following steps to make this plan available to the public:

    • The plan is posted at www.alleghany.k12.va.us; last update is November 1, 2021. 
    • The plan if requested can be made available in multiple languages;
    • The plan may be orally translated for parents. Contact the ACPS board office at 540-863-1800 to request translation; and
    • Upon request, a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA may be provided with the plan in an alternative format accessible by contacting the Director of Special Education at 540-863-1800.