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Okemah Public Schools ARP-ESSER III Use of Funds

Okemah Public Schools                                                                                ARP ESSER III Funds

The ESSER3 Consultation Team met in August 2021 to engage with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input. The team consisted of parents/guardians, school and district administrators, teachers, support staff, principals, school leaders, staff and union representatives, and tribal members. The $1982.641.36 will be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent CDC guidance on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning. Okemah Public Schools will use the funding as follows:

Okemah Public Schools will use the 20% of funds reserved under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP ($396,528.27) to address learning loss:

OPS plans to use the 20% set aside to address learning loss by hiring 2-3 certified teachers to serve as reading specialists or reading interventionists. Data show that our students have a marked learning deficit in reading and reading comprehension. We have previously employed a reading interventionist and were pleased with the results. We would like to expand the program to address the needs of more students.

OPS plans to use the 20% set aside to address learning loss by possibly reinstating T-1 for students who are not academically ready to promote from 1st grade to 2nd grade. This would provide targeted remediation in reading and math for struggling students.

OPS plans to use the 20% set aside to continue after-school remediation and/or tutoring at all sites

OPS plans to use the 20% set aside to retain four certified teachers whose positions are at risk for a RIF. Retaining these teachers would allow our district to continue to offer classes that we would otherwise have to eliminate. It would also allow us to retain a counselor who helps our students with mental health concerns, social-emotional concerns, and academic concerns.

OPS plans to use the 20% set aside to purchase new technology for the classrooms. We will purchase new touch boards that will allow students to engage in multi-modal learning in class and will provide teachers with another method to engage students in learning.

OPS plans to use the 20% set aside to pay for summer remediation for struggling students. Certain teachers at each site worked in the summer of 2021 to address learning loss and to help students be better prepared for the return to school in August of 2021. We will continue to offer summer remediation as funding allows.

 

Okemah Public Schools will spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act by seeking to spend $1,586,113.09 the next three years on the following:

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to cover custodial salaries for at least two years. This may include regular contract hours and additional extra-duty hours as required due to additional cleaning and sanitizing of school sites.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to replace flooring at certain sites. We have requested ESSER II approval to replace flooring at other sites, and we will request approval to replace flooring not covered under ESSER II. We would like to replace the flooring with a surface that is easier to clean, maintain, and sanitize.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to continue upgrades of school site HVAC systems. We are requesting approval to use ESSER II funds to begin this project and will request approval to complete the project with ESSER III funds.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to continue to offer our online platform Acellus. This platform allows us to supplement coursework in person and also provides a fully virtual option for our students who elect to attend in a fully-virtual learning model.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to continue to provide hotspots and data as needed for students if/when our district must convert to virtual days due to COVID-19.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to purchase materials and construct semi-permanent dividers for student work areas and teacher work areas. These semi-permanent dividers would assist in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 when social distancing is not possible.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to pay utilities due to increases as a result of COVID-19.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to purchase and install additional security cameras to assist with contact tracing.

OPS will use remaining ARP-ESSER III funds to pay a professional carpet cleaning company to clean certain high-traffic areas and classrooms to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

 

This is the plan for how Okemah Public Schools plans to use the ARP ESSER III Funds. The guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Education outline 15 possible ways these funds may be spent. To find out more information about these guidelines, you may visit the Oklahoma Department of Education’s website or read this document. If you have any questions or would like to comment about this plan, please email media@okemahk12.com.