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Updated Safe Return and Continuity Plan

Riverside Public School thanks you for your feedback regarding the Safe Return and Continuity Plan. The Safe Return and Continuity Plan for 2021-22 has been board-approved and attached for your viewing. We will review the plan at least every 6 months and may seek additional feedback when reviewing and modifying the plan.

Updated ESSERs III Spending Plan

Under the American Rescue Plan, the school district will receive federal funds to help deal with the impact of COVID-19. Possible items Riverside is considering for grant use include the following: Air quality improvement projects (HVAC improvements, window upgrades, new carpet), new transportation vehicles, expanding staff (SPED) to allow improved opportunities for student learning, learning materials, and interventions in possibly ELA, math, and science, purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities, and technology improvements. Approved school districts may use their ARP ESSER funding on several other allowable activities under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act found below. Regulations require the school district to seek stakeholder input from school district parents, students, staff, the public, and others. Please provide our feedback to chargers21@riversideps.org.

  1. Administration – 10% administrative cap, includes indirect cost rate charged against direct costs. Reference.
  2. Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, IDEA, AEFLA, and Perkins. Note: McKinney-Vento was not included as an allowable use under ESSER III ARP Act.
  3. Coordination of preparedness and response efforts.
  4. Providing principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools. Note: Not included in ESSER III/ARP Act.
  5. Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities.
  6. Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs.
  7. Training and professional development for LEA staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
  8. Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a LEA, including buildings operated by such agencies.
  9. Planning, coordinating and implementing activities during long-term closures.
  10. Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the LEA that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and children with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
  11. Providing mental health services and supports.
  12. Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental after-school programs.
  13. New ESSER II Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care, of the local educational agency, including 1. Administering and using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable, to accurately assess academic progress and assist educators in meeting students’ academic needs, including differentiating instruction.
    1. Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
    2. Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment.
    3. Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
  14. New ESSER II School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce the risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs.
  15. New ESSER II Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities.
  16. New ESSER III Development of strategies and implementation of public health protocols that align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on reopening and operating school facilities to maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff. CDC Guidance can be found at: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools
  17. Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services in LEAs and continuing to employ an existing staff of the LEA. Any entity that receives funds under the Education Stabilization Fund shall, to the greatest extent practicable, continue to pay its employees and contractors during the period of any disruptions or closures related to COVID-19.

Previous Information

21-22 Safe Return and Continuity Plan Feedback

As a requirement for Riverside Public School to begin the 2021-2022 school year and be eligible for ESSERS funds, the district’s COVID-19 Return to School Plan has been reviewed and revised. In doing so, the plan has been modified to reflect the current and anticipated conditions. The guidelines on the plan reflect nearly normal attendance conditions for the 2021-22 school year. The plan can be found here or in the column on the left-hand side of this page. The public is asked to share comments and suggestions on the Riverside COVID-19 Plan for 2021-2022. This can be done by emailing responses to: chargers21@riversideps.org

ESSERS III Spending Plan

The public is asked to share comments and suggestions on how Riverside Public School should spend ESSERS III federal grant funds over the next two to three school years. The district is eligible to receive over $509,000. Twenty percent of the grant must be spent on learning recovery for students. Possible items that are available for grant use include the following: Air quality improvement projects (HVAC improvements, window upgrades, new carpet), new transportation vehicles, expanding staff to allow improved opportunities for student learning, learning materials and interventions in ELA, math, and science, purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities, and technology improvements. The board of education will receive input regarding the use of funds until their next board meeting on July 14, 2021. The public may share comments and suggestions on the ESSERS III spending plan. This can be done by emailing responses to: chargers21@riversideps.org