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Marcellus Central School District

ARP-ESSR Funding Plan

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 summarizing how these funds will be spent.

New York has been allocated nearly $9 billion in funds, with a minimum of $8.09 billion (90 percent) going to local education agencies, including public schools. The Marcellus Central School District’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) allocation totals $1,403,395 and its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation totals $1,751,789.

How can these funds be used?

CRRSAA allocations may be used for hiring new staff and avoiding layoffs, addressing learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, and testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings.

ARPA allocations may be used in the following ways:

  • $1,051,789 may be used for hiring new staff and avoiding layoffs, addressing learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, and testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings.

  • $100,002 may be used for summer enrichment programs to address learning loss

  • $100,002 may be used for comprehensive after school enrichment to address learning loss

  • $499,996 may be used for other activities to address learning loss by supporting the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs.  School districts shall ensure that such interventions respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.

Districts are also required to prioritize spending on non-recurring expenses in the following areas: 

  • Safely returning students to in-person instruction 

  • Maximizing in-person instruction time

  • Operating schools and meeting the needs of students

  • Purchasing educational  technology

  • Addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, including the impacts of interrupted instruction and learning loss and the impacts on low-income students, children with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness

  • Implementing evidence-based strategies to meet students' social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs

  • Offering evidence-based summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs

  • Supporting early childhood education 

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to ensure the safe return of students to in-person instruction?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District will continue to implement protocols established by the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety of students, staff and community members.  CRRSAA and ARPA funds may be used to fund expenditures for personal protective equipment, sanitation and staff.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to maximize in-person instruction time?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District may use funding to support the following programs to maximize in-person instruction time:  summer instructional programming, retention of Response-to-Intervention teachers, use of teachers on special assignment, continued employment of staff who support instructional technology, and implementation of after school tutoring/instructional programs.  The District may also use funding to continue implementation of COVID protocols, including purchase of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, barriers, furniture, and storage.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to promote continued operation of schools and meet the needs of students?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District may use the following programs to operate its schools and meet the needs of students: purchase chromebooks/ipads, continue to employ staff who support instructional technology, continue implementation of COVID protocols, including purchase of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, barriers, furniture, and storage, costs to restructure instructional space, fund subscriptions for WiFi hotspots, and to deliver meals and instructional materials.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to purchase educational technology?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District may use funds for the purchase of educational technology such as chromebooks/ipads, to fund subscriptions for WiFi hotspots, to purchase licenses for remote learning tools, to acquire email encryption and instructional technology applications.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all students, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District may use funds to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all students, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness by securing subscriptions for WiFi hotspots, securing translation services for communications to non-English speaking parents, offering tutoring-on-request programs, coordinating field trips and promoting/implementing school-to-work programs.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to implement evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs?

Plan Summary:   The Marcellus Central School District may use funds to implement evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs through employment of social workers and counselors, implementing programs to reduce student anxiety, curriculum development pertaining to social-emotional learning, securing professional speakers for student engagement and implementing staff development programs centered around improving students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to offer evidence-based summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District may use funds to offer evidence-based summer, afterschool and other extended learning and enrichment programs such as summer instructional programming, retention of Response-to-Intervention teachers, and implementation of after school tutoring/instructional programs.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to support early childhood education?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District may use funds to support early childhood education such as community outreach programs, funding to support local costs associated with the District’s Universal Prekindergarten program, and to develop a parent university program designed to support parent involvement in the child’s education.

How will the Marcellus Central School District utilize these funds to address other areas of student performance and need?

Plan Summary:  The Marcellus Central School District will ensure that programs continue beyond availability of CRRSAA and ARPA funding.  The District will use local funds to minimize disruption to core academic and other school programs including response-to-intervention services, educational technology, low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness.



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