Jun 17, 2021

Pickerington Schools ARP ESSER Plan: Stakeholder Engagement and Feedback Opportunities

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On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP” or “the Act”) was signed into law by President Biden. This $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package was designed to facilitate the United States’ recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Act sets aside $122 billion in block grants 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. These funds will be provided to schools via the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Relief (“ARP ESSER”) Fund, under section 2001 of the Act.

Pickerington Schools will receive a total of $6,183,229.20 in ARP ESSER funding.  The funding will come in 2 installments. The first, or interim installment, has been allocated to the District, and totals $4,122,152.80. Pickerington Schools will receive its remaining ARP ESSER allocation when the United States Department of Education awards the balance of Ohio’s total ARP award to the Ohio Department of Education.

Section 2001 of the Act seeks to promote accountability, transparency and the effective use of the funds by requiring schools to do the following:

  1. Ensure that each local educational agency (‘‘LEA’’) develops a plan for the use of its ARP ESSER funds; and
  2. Engage in meaningful consultation and seeks public input as it develops the LEA ARP ESSER plan.

Under this requirement, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan. Specifically, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with students; families; school and district administrators (including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions.

Additionally, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with each of the following, to the extent present in or served by the LEA: Tribes; 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.
 
The Pickerington School District has posted its ARP ESSER plan. This web page also describes the extent to which the District’s plan includes, or can be modified to include policies and strategies to address:
  • Universal and correct wearing of masks;
  • Physical distancing (e.g., including use of cohorts/podding);
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette;
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation;
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the state, local, territorial or tribal health departments;
  • Diagnostic and screening testing;
  • Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff and students, if eligible; and
  • Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies.
The page also includes information on how the District proposes to expend its funds over the next 3-4 school years.
The District encourages interested stakeholders to provide input and feedback on any part of the plan by sending an email to the following email address:
 
ARPESSERFeedback@plsd.us
 
Please remember to include pertinent contact information (phone number, address, etc.) in the email so that the District can contact you if we require additional information or have questions. Thank you!