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American Rescue Plan (Use of ESSER Funds)

Posted Date: 06/21/2021

ARP Esser III Uses of Funds Plan (updated Spring 2022)In developing its plan, Coleman Schools has engaged in consultation with stakeholders and has given the public an opportunity to provide input. Specifically, we engaged in meaningful consultation with students, families, school and district administrators (including special education administrators), teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, and staff. Further, the meaningful consultation extended to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations) and stakeholders that represent 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. Finally, the Coleman Schools’ plan is in an understandable and uniform format, written in a language that parents can understand, orally translated and, upon request by a parent who is individual with a disability, provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent. Our Plan consists of the following:


• (1) The extent to which and how the funds 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;


• (2) How the LEA will use the funds it reserved under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act [20% of ESSER ARP Act formula funds] to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year;


• (3) How the LEA will spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds consistent with the uses authorized in section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act; and


• (4) How the LEA will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to those implemented under section 2001(e)(1) [20% set-aside], will respond to the academic, social, emotional and mental health needs of students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care and migratory students


Part (1): Prevention and Mitigation Strategies for Operating Schools Safely

  • New HVAC ventilation systems throughout the school
  • Expansion of outdoor classroom facilities for all students in grades PK-12
  • Projects that provide clean and fresh air for students (replacement of molded walls, floors, etc)
  • Cleaning supplies to prevent the spread of COVID and other viruses
  • Additional transportation to provide better social distancing for students
  • Classroom Expansions for all students in grades PK-12

Part (2):  Addressing the Academic Impact of Lost Instructional Time

  • Certified math and reading teachers to tutor students to help close the gaps created during COVID closures
  • Certified Math and Reading tutors to assist students in an Extended Day setting, during our After School Care Program
  • Curriculum and study aids to assist tutors and specialists as they work with students to regain learning losses
  • Additional staff for smaller class sizes for higher student impact
  • Software and curriculum materials to close gaps from learning loss
  • Retention of quality educators to help provide continuity of instruction for students

Part (3):  Use of Remaining ARP ESSER funds

  • Unexpected crisis needs due to Covid
  • Cleaning and Prevention of the spread of Covid
  • Retention stipends for support personnel to provide continuity of students’ needs

Disproportionately Affected Populations at CPS


The following subgroups are student populations at Coleman Schools.  These students have been adversely affected by Covid-19; therefore, these specific groups will receive some targeted interventions:


SUBGROUP                                                                 INTERVENTION


Low Income                                                                 Summer Feeding Program

Elementary 65% free/reduced;                                  Continued partnership with the SSO

High School 70% free/reduced;                                 feeding program to ensure our students

District 68.8% free/reduced                                       receive nutritious meals outside of school


Minority Group                                                            POSSE Program

Our school is heavily inundated with                          We will continue partnering with Choctaw

Native American Students, as we uniquely                Nation in providing summer school program

reside within the Chickasaw and Choctaw                 to our Native students.  Both our district

Nation Tribal areas.                                                    and the tribe will financially contribute.


Special Education                                                        Extended School Year

We currently have a high population of                     ESY services will enable our students to help

special education students at the elementary           curb the slides made during the summer.

level of our district.


Foster Care, Homeless, Low-Achieving                     Summer Reading Program

While we do not have a huge population                   We will begin offering summer library times

of homeless or fostered families, we do have            for our students and their families, while we

some, along with many Tier 2 and 3 readers.            encourage and foster the love of reading.


Part (4): Assurances of our Response for ALL students

  • Coleman Schools will respond to any needs of ALL students, including those in nature of social-emotional, mental health, high-impacted students due to Covid, low-income families, English learners, students of color, children with disabilities, homeless children, foster care children, and migratory students.  Each and every student at Coleman Schools is unique and special.  We will work to provide all the needs of the students, to provide a safe, clean, and successful environment for all.