McCamey ISD 2021-2022 Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (RIPICS)
Introduction and District Priorities
The Texas Education Agency recently announced the availability of $11.2 billion in federal funding made available to school districts through ESSER III under the American Rescue Plan. This is a substantial sum of money, though amounts vary significantly from district to district. The McCamey ISD website and social media outlets will be used to communicate with our staff, parents, and community members about the ESSER III funds (ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief). ESSER III funds are federal funds sent to the states to help cover costs associated with learning loss due to COVID-19 and the cost of online instruction, facilities improvements, and the pandemic.
McCamey ISD is proud to have offered the opportunity for in-person instruction for all students during the 2020-21 school year. Thanks to the support of our faculty, staff, students, and community, we developed our return to school plan in the summer of 2020. We have persevered throughout the year, despite the occasional setback, to keep students in school and to maintain open lines of communication with our entire school community. For the 2021-22 school year, MISD will continue to provide full in-person instruction , after school activities, and extracurricular programs. This declaration of commitment to providing the best environment for our students, is meant to satisfy the requirements for accepting additional funds through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
The top priorities of McCamey ISD are the safety and academic success of all students. As McCamey ISD continues to provide in person learning; protocols and information for parents have been updated for the 2021-22 school year. These protocols, addressing CDC recommendations, will be revisited every 6 months to address any changes.
MISD has and will continue to engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds to be utilized for safely opening and operating for in-person learning according to the CDC guidance. The funds will address the academic impact of lost instructional time through implementation of evidence-based interventions at all grade levels. MISD ensures that the interventions to be implemented will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including students from low-income families, students of color, English language learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students.
1. Follow the Center for Disease and Control and the Texas Education Agency guidelines to keep our students and staff safe.
2. Assess academic gaps and provide accelerated closing-the-gap growth opportunities.
3. Evaluate the social and emotional needs of our students and staff.
4. Keep schools open all year without experiencing school closure.
All plans are subject to change based on regulations by the Texas Education Agency and the Office of the Governor of Texas. Parents will be notified if changes are necessary.
As a school district, McCamey ISD looks forward to welcoming students back to school on August 16, 2021. Despite the challenges with COVID-19, our district will continue to provide an excellent education to our students. We have been planning for the opening of the 2021-2022 school year with a focus on continuity of services.
Our plan follows recommendations for school opening and operations provided by the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and state and local health officials.
CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/operation-strategy.html
TEA Website: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and-guidance
The situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing, as are the protocols and measures needed to keep students and staff safe. Plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes and these guidelines may be modified as needed. As adjustments may be necessary throughout the coming school year, it will be our priority to keep the community informed of those changes and updates. The McCamey ISD website and social media outlets will provide you with the most up-to-date information.
PROPOSED COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY
● In accordance with Executive Order no. GA-36, face coverings will no longer be required for any student or staff member; however, masks may be worn by students and staff for those that choose to.
Face coverings will not be required in any educational space or activity including school buses, athletics, etc; however, masks may be worn by students and staff that chooses to.
● If possible, face masks will be available for distribution upon request.
COVID IMMUNIZATIONS NOT MANDATORY
● McCamey ISD will continue to provide information to the community about COVID immunization opportunities as a courtesy for those who wish to access the vaccine. However, the COVID immunization will not be required for staff or students.
● McCamey ISD will continue to partner with local health authorities.
● McCamey ISD will continue to encourage good hand hygiene, such as reminding students to wash hands after using the restroom, before meals, etc., and provide access to hand sanitizer stations.
● Touch points (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, etc.) will continue to be disinfected throughout all buildings on a daily basis.
● School buses will continue to be disinfected.
● Teachers and staff will continue to have access to disinfectant supplies to clean high-touch areas regularly if desired.
· Custodial staff will disinfect classrooms, restrooms, athletics, fine arts areas and all additional areas throughout the school facility.
· If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID, the district will disinfect the area prior to students reporting to school the next day.
CAFETERIAS & CHILD NUTRITION
● Employees must adhere to Food Services Guidance
● Ensure that all non-disposable food service items are handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
● Students should not share food, drinks, or personal devices.
· Based on building capacity and student enrollment, campus administration will determine areas that may be utilized for breakfast and lunch. These areas could include classrooms, the library or other large areas within the school building
· Teachers will monitor the cafeteria and hallways to promote social distancing practices. Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupiable seat. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria
· McCamey ISD encourages families to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their students to school to reduce possible virus exposure on busses.
· Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.
· Bus seating areas will be disinfected regularly, particularly high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs and stairway handrail
· When possible, bus windows will be open to allow outside air to circulate in the bus
Protocols for Campus Visitors
· Parents and visitors will only be allowed in the front office. Students will be dropped off at the front of each campus.
· Parents will not be allowed to eat lunch in the cafeteria, however, parents can deliver lunches to the front office.
· Deliveries will be allowed to all campuses.
Athletics and activities resume as normal
· Athletics and activities will resume normal processes in 2021-2022 in partnership with governing bodies. Extracurricular activities will follow guidelines set forth by UIL, community health organizations, and other related agencies and organizations.
Protocols for Positive COVID-19
· Staff who test positive must notify their supervisor and will not be allowed to return to school without a doctor's release.
· A student who test positive must notify their respected school and may return to school after he/she are released by a doctor.
· McCamey ISD will not be contact tracing. If a student or staff member is believed to have been in close contact to someone that has tested positive, they will be referred to a health professional that will determine his/her return to school.
· All quarantine decisions pertaining to relatives, families, spouses, or siblings will be made by a health professional.
· If a student has a fever higher than 99.9 degrees, he/she will be sent home until they are 24 hours symptom-free
School Year 2021-2022: Instructional Information
Students and teachers will attend class in-person, five days a week, with additional safety measures in alignment with state and federal guidelines and recommendations.
· In this setting, teachers will provide face-to-face instruction, learning resources and support utilizing Google Classroom, Seesaw, and other methods.
· District-directed and campus-designed safety procedures will be implemented.
· Grades PreK-2 - Self-contained schedule with some rotations
· Grades 3-4 - Schedules assigned based on grade level specific requirements
· Grades 5-12 students will be assigned schedules based on their course selections.
In the event a student is in quarantine, McCamey ISD will provide Remote Conferencing. MISD is currently designing a plan to provide students that are in quarantine with proper Remote Conferencing. You can find TEA's Remote Conferencing information that was introduced on August 5, 2021 here.
Senate Bill 15 (SB 15) was sent to the governor to be signed into law on September 1, 2021. Upon the governor’s signature of the bill, local educational agencies (LEAs) may receive full ADA funding for students who attend local remote learning programs at any point during the 2021-22 school year if that remote instruction meets the requirements set by SB 15. Of equal importance: No LEAs are required to offer remote instruction. More information about SB 15 can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/senate-bill-15-overview
2020-2023 ARP ESSER III Federal Grant
Use of Funds Plan 2020-2023
Consultation and Needs Assessment:
• Conducted surveys to district-level staff. • Conducted surveys to campus-level staff.
• Conducted surveys to parents.
• Conducted surveys to students.
• Surveyed community groups (i.e., government officials, business, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, etc.). • Sent direct communication to staff, parents, and/or students to gather input.
• Reviewed documented comprehensive needs assessment considering the pandemic to determine needs.
• Consulted with local school board to determine needs.
· Any activity authorized under Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
· Any activity authorized under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.
· Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of LEA with State and local public health departments, and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
· Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, students with disabilities (SWD), English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students.
· Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of the LEA, including buildings operated by the LEA.
· Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, … including providing technology for online learning to all students.
· Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, … how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under IDEA.
· Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, … how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
· Purchasing educational technology (hardware, software, and connectivity) for students … that aids in regular/substantive educational interaction between students and instructors, including low-income students and SWD, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
· Providing mental health services and supports, including through implementation of evidence based full-service community schools.
· Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning -- providing classroom instruction or online learning during summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, SWD, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care.
· Planning and implementing activities related to … supplemental afterschool programs -- providing classroom instruction or online learning … addressing the needs of low-income students, SWD, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care
· Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Administering and using high-quality assessments.
· Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
· Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Providing information and assistance to parents & families on effectively supporting students.
· Addressing learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care -- Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
· Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including … filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems.
· Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in the LEA.
· Other activities that are necessary to … continuing to employ existing staff of the LEA.
Budget*: (Minimum amount to mitigate learning loss: $200,440)
· Salaries: $200,000 (professional and/or paraprofessional)
· Professional & Contracted Services: $100,000
· Supplies & Materials: $602,198
· Other Operating Costs: $100,000
· Total ESSER III Expenditures: $1,002,198
*Budget amounts represent 100% of total grant funds.
Description of Learning Loss Activities: (All academic activities to mitigate learning loss will target specific low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care)
Activities Authorized Under Elementary And Secondary Education Act (ESEA): The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 authorizes activities allowable under the following programs found in the ESEA as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015:
· TITLE I, Part A Supporting Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
· TITLE I, Part C Education of Migratory Children
· TITLE I, Part D Neglected & Delinquent
· TITLE III, Part A English Learners & Immigrant Ed
· TITLE IV, Part A Student Support & Academic Enrichment
· TITLE V, Part B Rural Education Initiative (REAP/SRSA)
· TITLE VI, Part A Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education
· TITLE VII, Part B McKinney-Vento, Education for Homeless Children and Youth
· IDEA, Part B Special Education
Though McCamey ISD will not be conducting activities under all these programs, the ESSER III application approval grants the district the option of doing so.
Address the unique needs of low-income students, students with disabilities (SWD), English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students: Professional development will train our staff in how to build meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every colleague and how to create a safe, effective environment for learning. Provide critical strategies to address students' needs by building strong inner selves and identifying and addressing socio-emotional insecurities and deficits. Use ESSER III funds for personnel to provide services to McCamey ISD students who would otherwise not meet the federal eligibility-for-services requirements.
Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures: McCamey ISD will use ESSER III funds to acquire technology to expand online learning opportunities. The district will seek service center assistance in carrying out requirements under IDEA. As needed, the funding will also help the district ensure that other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
Mental Health Services: To reduce the trauma, grief, and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, McCamey ISD's counselors will join morning meetings and to connect with students. Counselors will be allowed to meet with both during school and before and after school hours to accommodate the social and emotional needs of students and their caregivers. Counseling resources will be provided. Counseling sessions will take place in a safe meeting space and tele-counseling will be made available. All activities will be conducted in such a way as to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of the campuses.
Summer Learning: McCamey ISD wants to mitigate learning loss of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing summer instruction that support anticipation of Fall 2021 semester instruction utilizing learning kits and tablets. Summer school activities prioritize improved achievement for low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care. All activities will be conducted in such a way as to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of the campuses.
Afterschool Programs: In order to mitigate the learning loss of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, McCamey ISD’s afterschool program will provide critical academic support to its students. This will be accomplished through online class offerings, and one-on-one and group tutoring sessions. Various communication options will be available to allow district staff to stay in touch with parents and guardians. Staff also regularly communicate with regular day teachers to determine what specific assistance will help particular students and which students would benefit from additional support and if there are students who the program can check in on. ESSER III funds will be utilized to purchase Chromebooks, school supplies for afterschool activities, books, and certified teachers and paraprofessionals to provide instruction specifically targeting low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care. All activities will be conducted in such a way as to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of the campuses.
High-quality assessments: In order to mitigate the learning loss of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, McCamey ISD will be administering and using high-quality assessments
that allow for students to use assessment data to make choices about their areas of concentration and focus. Creating an environment of “choice” that helps to spur student motivation and provide complete visibility into individual student knowledge and readiness and that leverages assessment to understand precisely what each student does (and doesn’t) know. Assessment instruments that produce valid and reliable results and offer connections to standards-based instructional resources by including learning objects, including that are interactive and responsive. McCamey ISD’s structured assessments provide a high-level view of student knowledge and facilitate comparative analysis. The quantity of performance data is translated into meaningful, actionable reports that pinpoint current student progress, predict future achievement, and inform instruction. Resulting data will be used by administrators to run various levels of reports, detect patterns at all grade levels, and reveal academic areas that require additional resources. All activities will be conducted in such a way as to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools.
Implementing evidence-based activities: McCamey ISD wants to mitigate learning loss of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic improving instruction and increasing student achievement through the use of evidence-based interventions that best serve our students’ needs. Implementing instruction with evidence-based interventions will greatly increase the potential for successfully mitigating learning loss of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care. All activities will be conducted in such a way as to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of the campuses.
Parent and Family Support: An integral part of any successful instructional program is the involvement of the parents, guardians and families of the students. A great deal of research shows that as parents become more involved with their child’s education and the life of the school, students’ academic achievement and participation improve. McCamey ISD will use ESSER III funding to provide staff to communicate and train parents in assisting with instructional activities of their children.
Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education: ESSER III funding will provide McCamey ISD with the methods and personnel needed to create data related to attendance and student engagement when involved in a distance learning atmosphere.
Improve the indoor air quality in school facilities: McCamey ISD will use ESSER III funding to purchase and install filter upgrade in all HVAC units to provide mitigation of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continuing to employ existing staff: The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on job security and to mitigate this effect, McCamey ISD has used ESSER III funds to maintain the employment of teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff.
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