Esser is the elementary and secondary education relief act. This funding is to help ensure that districts and schools can continue to operate safely; support sustained access to in-person instruction; and address the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students due to the impact of (COVID-19.)
During the planning phase of ESSER III we elicited input from various stakeholders. The district launched a web based survey. The survey received 334 responses; 70% of respondents were parents/guardians and 30% of the respondents were educators/staff/community members. Results identified priorities as:
All survey results were reviewed by each individual school improvement team. The school improvement teams consist of a groups of educators and other stakeholders (ie. community members, parents, and students.) Each SIT made specific recommendations for the development of the ESSER III plan. The district Professional Development Advisory Committee, Teacher Leaders and Administrative Team, have also given input/feedback to inform the plan. We also analyzed academic achievement DATA to pinpoint learning gaps as we make plans to to understand student needs resulting rom or relating to the impact of COVID-19.
Examples of how our priorities then become reality are:
We will present at School Committee meetings and Budget Committee meetings in terms of how stakeholder input was taken into account as well as communication of the district priorities and plan specifics.
This plan will be reviewed and revisited every six months with each individual school improvement team. The administrative team will also provide bi-annual presentations to the school committee.
Clare Arnold, Assistant Superintendent