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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act and Elementary/Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)


ARP ESSER Plan 2022
Southern Cayuga CSD - July 1, 2022
 
Introduction
 
The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language requiring local education agencies, such as school districts, that receive funding from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to post on its website a plan how these funds will be expended. 
 
New York has been allocated nearly $9 billion in ARP-ESSER funds, with a minimum of $8.09 billion going to local education agencies, including public schools.  Southern Cayuga Central School District has been allocated $2,180,185 by the American Rescue Plan.  Specific allocations of funding from the grant are listed below.  A projected three-year budget for the grant is attached.  CRRSAA funding will expire this summer while ARP/ESSER funding is allocated over three years.   
 
Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on All Students
 
Mental Health Therapist (1 FTE) – Southern Cayuga CSD recognizes many at-risk students were disproportionately and adversely impacted during the pandemic.  A mental health therapist is a trained mental health professional who can assist students and families with mental health and behavioral concerns and provide positive behavioral supports. 
 
ELL Teacher (1 FTE) – Southern Cayuga CSD anticipates an increased need for ELL/ESL services as many students had limited interaction with the school during the pandemic.  Enrollment of ELL students has increased over several years without a corresponding staffing increase.   During the past year, Southern Cayuga welcomed all ELL students to return to in-person instruction five days per week.  Unfortunately, local farms were hit particularly hard with COVID infections which kept many of our youngest learners at home. If the need persists, the ELL teaching position would shift from grant funding to the general budget after three years.   
 
Learning Loss/ Addressing the Impact of the Pandemic on Students
 
Math Skill and Reading Coaches (7 FTE) – Southern Cayuga CSD anticipates an increased need for research-based interventions to address student learning loss.  The district will hire seven (7) reading and math coaches to provide direct services to students in grades 1-8.  The intervention specialists/ coaches will utilize a proven strategy, Real -Time Response, to identify and resolve skill deficits.  Our goal is to make these positions obsolete as students will perform at grade level by the end of three years.  Math coaches will focus on grade-appropriate skill development to ensure a solid foundation for higher-order thinking.  The reading coaches will focus on phonemic awareness in order to increase reading fluency and comprehension. 
 
Coach Coordination – Southern Cayuga recognizes the need for coordination of our reading and math coaching teams to ensure the integrity of the program and the success of all students.  The coordinator will train each coach to set instructional priorities, design effective interventions, and monitor the progress of all participants on a daily basis.  The coordinator will monitor the progress of all students and meet weekly with all coaches to review the impact of the program.  The coordinator will ensure the reliability and validity of all performance data and develop a reporting tool for parents. 
 
Teacher Professional Development - Southern Cayuga CSD recognizes that effective professional development enables educators to develop the knowledge and skills they need to address students’ learning challenges.  Professional development would specifically focus on early primary literacy skills and include LTRS training for all elementary teachers who teach English language arts.  Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LTRS) training teaches skills to master the fundamentals of reading instruction, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.   Each of the math & reading coaches would receive professional development prior to starting in their new roles to ensure effective implementation and the integrity of this data-driven program. 
 
Safely Returning Students to In-Person Instruction
 
Class-Size Reduction Teacher(s) - (1.5 FTE) – Southern Cayuga CSD recognizes the benefits of smaller class size especially in regards to the pandemic and maintaining adequate social distancing.  Teachers in small classes provide students with more individual attention, spend more time on instruction, and cover more material effectively.  Anticipated as a two-year expense then discontinued.
 
Summer, Afterschool, and Extended Learning and Enrichment Programs
 
Summer School – Southern Cayuga CSD recognizes the need for course/credit recovery for high school students and skill development for students in grades 6-11.  During our initial summer, the program will be limited in scope due to program design, staffing needs, and the completion of a major capital project on our campus.  If proven effective, the program will expand the following summer to include more and perhaps younger students. 
 
Before/After School Academic, Extra-Curricular, & Intramural Activities – Southern Cayuga CSD recognizes the importance of athletics and extra-curricular activities in the lives of students.  We will expand tutoring and academic services for struggling students which will take place before and after school.  We will create new opportunities for students in the arts and athletics.  Participation in the arts encourages self-expression, creativity, and builds confidence.  Participation in athletics leads to stronger connections between students, peers, and the school resulting in better academic results, the development of work ethic, and an increased motivation to succeed.  A challenge for many families is the lack of community-based programming in the late primary grades, prior to students having the opportunity to participate in modified sports.  Southern Cayuga CSD proposes creating multiple short-term athletic, academic, and art opportunities (4-8 weeks) for students in grades 4-6 that will take place before and after the regular school day.
 
Purchase of Educational Technology
 
Student Technology Devices – Southern Cayuga recognizes the benefits of 1:1 technology as students are more motivated to learn and are better connected to their peers and teachers.  1:1 technology increased access to instructional materials and has proven to be a critical tool to maintain instruction during the pandemic.  Southern Cayuga will purchase 320 Chromebooks in year two of the grant.


 
CRRSA ESSER II Act
(2021-2022)
ARP ESSER III Act
(2021-2022)
ARP ESSER III Act
(2022-2023)
ARP ESSER III Act
(2023-24)
Salaried Positions (Year 1)
ELL Teacher (1)
Math Intervention Teacher (3)
Reading Intervention Teacher (.2)
Class Size Reduction Teacher (1.5)
Professional Development Hours
IST Project Coordinator (1)
ELL TA (1)
 
 
Total $428,439
 
 
Mental Health Counselor (.2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total $9,000
 
Salaried Positions (Year 2)
ELL Teacher (1)
Math Intervention Teacher (3)
Class Size Reduction Teacher (1.5)
Professional Development
IST Project Coordinator (1)
AIS Teacher Grade 7/8 (1)
Mental Health Counselor (1)
 
 
Total $583,220
 
Salaried Positions (Year 3)
Math Intervention Teacher (3)
Professional Development
IST Project Coordinator (1)
AIS Teacher Grade 7/8 (1)
Mental Health Counselor (1)
 
 
 
 
Total $406,020
 
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $122,339
 
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $1,512
 
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $189,136
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $130,884
 
Additional Expense
Chromebooks $99,317
Summer 2022 Professional Dev. $8069
 
Total $107,386
 
  Additional Expense
Chromebooks $160,413
 
 
 
Total $160,413
 
 
 
 
Total $658,164 Total $10,512 Total $932,769 Total $536,904
    $1,480,185 for 3 years  
 
ESSER III Reserve Learning Loss
(2022-24)
ARP ESSER III Enrichment AS (2021-2024) ARP ESSER III Summer Learning (2021-2024)
Salaried Positions
Reading Intervention Teacher (3) – 2 yrs
 
Total $363,032
 
Salaried Positions
Enrichment Teacher/Staff $80,000
 
 
 
Total $80,000
Salaried Positions
Summer School Teachers $85,000
 
 
 
Total $85,000
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $136,964
 
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $14,000
Employee Benefits
Social Security
Retirement
Health
Dental
 
Total $15,002
 
 
 
Additional Expense
Supplies $6,002
 
Total $6,002
 
 
Total $499,996 Total $100,002 Total $100,002
     



 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026