New York State's Current Status
The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, will provide nearly $9 billion to New York State to help safely return more of our students to in-person learning and maintain safe operations while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Moreover, these funds will help to address long-standing inequities in our communities and schools that were exacerbated by the pandemic so that we can ensure the students most severely affected by the pandemic are provided with the resources and support they need as they recover from its impacts.
ESSER II & ARPA ESSER III Plans June 1, 2021
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 $2,178,143 by the American Rescue Plan and an additional $658,164 by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. Specific allocations of funding from both grants are listed below. A projected three-year budget for both grants is attached. CRRSAA funding is for one year while ARPA funding is for three years.
Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on All Students
Social Worker (1 FTE) – Southern Cayuga CSD recognizes ELL & low- income students and families were disproportionately and adversely impacted during the pandemic. School social workers are trained mental health professionals who assist students and families with mental health and behavioral concerns, provide positive behavioral supports, along with academic and classroom support. Southern Cayuga CSD seeks a Spanish speaking social worker to assist our English language learners and students from low-income families. *Cost = $75,000/year
Social Emotional Learning – Southern Cayuga recognizes the emotional and social challenges facing students due to the loss of socialization and support services during the pandemic. The Second Step program offers a social-emotional learning curriculum that supports the whole child. It teaches skills for resolving conflicts, working with others, forming healthy relationships, and making good decisions.
Cost = $7,000/ five-year license.
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.
Cost = $75,000/year
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.
Cost = $525,000/year
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. Cost = $10,000/year
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. Cost = $13,000/ first year
Professional development would focus on the implementation of a proven intervention model to address learning loss during the pandemic. 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. Coaches would then meet monthly to monitor the progress of students and the program as a whole. Cost = $12,000/ first year
Safely Returning Students to In-Person Instruction
Class-Size Reduction Teacher(s) - (2 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. Cost = $150,000/year
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. Cost = $52,000/ first year
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. Cost = $35,000/ year
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 250 Chromebooks in year two of the grant and 250 Chromebooks and 150 tablets in year three of the grant.
Cost = $100,000 total beginning in year two, $126,250 in year three
|ESSER II - YEAR 1||ARPA / ESSER III - Year 1||ARPA / ESSER III - Year 2||ARPA / ESSER III - Year 3|
|Social Worker||$75,000||x||$77,250||District Funding|
|ELL / ESL Teacher||$75,000||x||$77,250||District Funding|
|Social Emotional Learning – Second Step||$7,000||x||x||x|
|Math & Reading Coaches (7)||$375,000||$150,000||$540,750||$556,973|
|Class-Size Reduction Teacher (2)||$101,164||$49,000||$154,500||0|
|Before/After School Program||$35,000||$35,000||$35,000|
|Student Technology Devices||$100,000||$126,250|