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ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan

Applicant: 

35 5540

WATCHUNG BOROUGH - Somerset
Application:
Cycle:
 

Project Period:
3/13/2020 - 9/30/2024

American Rescue Plan - ESSER - 00 - Original Application
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LEA Plan for Use Of Funds  

 
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; ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)
Watchung Borough School District works cooperatively with our local health official in an effort to design the most effective prevention and mitigation strategies, which are consistent with CDC guidance to the greatest extent practicable. These practices include providing the necessary cleaning materials and PPE for our staff, as well as requesting our school nurses to go beyond their normal job expectations, incurring additional district costs. The district also has implemented a Covid screening test program and has arranged for vaccination clinics on campus.
 
2. How the LEA will use the funds it reserves under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act 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; ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)
The Watchung Borough School District will utilize data from the 2021-2022 summer school program, as well as from district diagnostics and NJ Start Strong Assessments to identify students needing additional support. Students will be invited to small group sessions that focus on academic and social emotional learning before and/or after the regular school day.
 
3. How the LEA will spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act; and  ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)
Watchung Borough School District is committed to advancing student achievement and has a plan in place to address the students' academic needs, which have been affected by the pandemic. The plan is to implement, monitor, oversee, and evaluate instructional program enhancements to accelerate learning in our schools. To do so effectively, the district's human resources must be supplemented. First and foremost, the district's plan includes bolstering supervision and curriculum development services to support teachers and students and align the staff's instructional methods with the district's vision for learning, which promotes innovative instruction, design thinking, and creative problem solving in a culture of inquiry, collaboration, and equity. In addition to coaching services, the additional human resources would serve to oversee the summer and afterschool instructional programs, which are currently recommended by the state and are being implemented by the district with grant funds. Second, the district's ELL enrollment has nearly doubled, and there is a serious need for additional support for these vulnerable learners. Third, there is a clear need to address the social and emotional wellness of students. The district currently has a half-time counselor at the elementary school. The district's plan calls for increasing counseling services to address student needs.
 
4. How the LEA will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to the interventions implemented under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, 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 learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students. Under this requirement, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan. Specifically, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with students; families; school and district administrators (including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions.
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The Watchung Borough School District will utilize district data reports on the subgroups within the school community to ensure equitable access to services. The district leadership team will review district data reports to ensure the compliance and action within each school regarding all needs of our students in PreK - 8th grade. The leadership team will gather feedback from teachers, counselors, child study team members, and specialists to develop a plan to best support all students.
 
5. Additionally, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with each of the following, to the extent present in or served by the LEA: Tribes; civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders representing 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.  ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)
As stated above, the Watchung Borough School District will utilize district data reports on the subgroups within the school community to ensure equitable access to services. The district leadership team will review district data reports to ensure the compliance and action within each school regarding all needs of our students in PreK - 8th grade. The leadership team will gather feedback from stakeholders including teachers, counselors, child study team members, our ELL teacher, specialists, and families to develop a plan to best support all students.