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2021-22 School Year Plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

Morristown Central School District
2021-22 School Year Plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

Overview

The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund under
the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, was enacted on March 11, 2021. ARP
ESSER provides a total of nearly $122 billion to States and school districts to help safely reopen and
sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the
nation’s students.
All LEAs must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of
evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social,
emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on
underrepresented student subgroups. The remaining LEA funds may be used for a wide range of
activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

ARP Funds Use

Morristown CSD meaningfully engaged a diverse and representative set of the applicable stakeholders in
developing a plan to use these funds and implementing that plan. The district surveyed all staff and
posted the google form on social media for any community member as a way for them to provide
feedback on how the funds could be used. An informational presentation was also given at a Board
meeting. Information continues to be updated on the district website and the district will gather
continuous feedback regarding our ARP Plan from the community through an open online survey posted
on our website.
To continuously and safely reopen and operate schools, the district will use funds to implement
prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most
recent CDC guidance on reopening schools. Funds will be used for the following:

● Create new teacher handbooks to include safety procedures and expectations for substitute staff
and update existing safety documents for current staff;
● Have necessary PPE and sanitizing supplies readily available to include masks, gloves, wipes, and
sanitizing sprays and cleaners;
● To allow for learning spaces and activities to the greatest extent possible, the district will
purchase new classroom student seating (workstation tables, chairs, and stools);
● The District will be using funds for HVAC to ensure adequate air flow in classrooms, and
replacement of doors and windows;
● To increase safety measures the district will upgrade and update our current PA system and
notification system.

We recognize that we will see an increased need in the area of academic intervention services as
students return to full in-person learning five days a week beginning in the fall of 2021. To address the
academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions,
the required reserve of 20% of funds will be used to:

● Update and expand the use of educational technology (Promethean ActivPanel Boards, Laptops,
Chromebooks, and Photo Video presentation projector screens) to work towards a media-rich
1:1 computing environment allowing us to create support interactive collaborative learning
spaces;
● Appoint a Teacher Assistant to ensure small group instruction at the Tier III intervention level;
● Provide 1:1 Tutoring for Tier III students, or for those students not meeting graduation
requirements;
● Provide supervision throughout the day in a Student Support Center (SSC);
● Provide enrichment and college credit opportunities through Distance Learning courses to
support students’ accelerated learning and to gain college and career/CTE credit;
● Promote student college and career readiness with college and technical school visits;
● Offer supplemental After School Programming for AIS and Enrichment to address student
learning- supplementary classroom instruction, differentiation, small group instruction,
reteaching, learning loss, enhance student engagement and interest, provide well-rounded
educational activities and STEM activities;
● Offer Before School Program, LatchKey, to provide a cooperative learning environment and
enrichment activities;
● Offer Summer Program grades K-8 to provide academic intervention services to those students
who struggle academically, credit recovery, SEL supports for cooperative learning activities, and
project-based instruction/enrichment activities to increase student engagement and address
learning loss;
● Provide summer school APEX online learning grades 9-12 for credit recovery;
● Provide mentoring stipends for the New Teacher Academy to support, mentor, and coach new
teachers;
● Offer staff stipends will allow grade/subject level staff to work in professional learning
communities (PLCs) on curriculum, prioritizing standards, data analysis of assessments,
integrating technology, effective teaching strategies, student engagement, and intervention
planning;
● Purchase materials and supplies for After School Program- snacks, crafting supplies,
environmental education supplies, STEM, and physical activity supplies and materials;
● Purchase materials and supplies for Summer Program- snacks, academic supplies, enrichment
supplies, environmental education supplies, STEM, and physical activity supplies and materials;
● Support classroom instruction by purchasing storage bins, paper, toys and games, whiteboards,
student agendas and classroom library books- Heinemann leveled readers bundle library sets;
● The District will use grant money to purchase the additional Units of Study in Reading, Units of
Study in Phonics, and a Book Room Library for our grades UPK-6 students;
● Purchase materials and supplies for New Teacher Academy and Mentoring- binders, post-its,
and books on curriculum design, standards, instruction, rigor and relevance to support teacher
instruction and student learning;
● Support Math and Movement Family Night by purchasing math manipulatives;
● Support Family and Parent Engagement activities, Community Forums and Open House Nights,
by providing light snacks and refreshments while discussing student engagement, curriculum,
reopening plans, and learning loss;
● Provide students a well-rounded education by promoting student engagement and interest in
the arts and technology classes with purchase of a CAD printer;
● Encourage a well-rounded education in Music with purchase of musical instruments;
● Host the Point Break Program to maintain and create stronger student connectedness and
collaboration;
● Develop the Learn to Lead mentor/mentee program, which will add an advisor position and
teacher our students about mentoring and leading;
● Host Rich Johns, whose message is Act With Respect Always. Act With Respect Always is a “pay
it forward” movement. It is designed to build respect and leadership, teach positive and
constructive behavior, and help stop bullying before it starts, both on campus and off.
● Train selected staff in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) through Cornell
University to support social emotional learning and behavioral health;
● Provide professional development on inclusion, behavioral supports, co-teaching programs and
strategies for special education programming with Julie Causten, Inclusive Schools;
● Provide Effective Teaching workshop, APL Associates, to support effective instruction strategies
and planning;
● Provide administrators leadership training workshops from Leadership for Educational
Achievement Foundation to support whole school community;
● Provide professional development to staff on Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship; and
● Support social-emotional learning (SEL) by providing staff with professional development,
Connecting and Engaging using Humor workshop by Devin Siebold and through continued
support of our implementation of The Positivity Project through purchasing of supplies and
materials to implement this program, and
● Improve the audio-visual equipment used within both the cafeteria and gym spaces and look at seating arrangements, equipment, and furniture that may be needed for other events.

To identify student needs and monitor student progress as a result of planned interventions and
supports, the district will continue to monitor student progress with i-Ready diagnostic testing, meet
regularly to analyze diagnostic results, and develop and implement intervention strategies for struggling
learners using a multi-tiered system of supports. In addition, we will utilize progress monitoring data
and individual student data (formative and summative assessments and observations) from teachers.
Other data we will collect and analyze is attendance, counseling records, and student/parent/teacher
feedback surveys results.

The district will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to the
interventions implemented under the required reserve of 20% of funds - to address the academic impact
of lost instructional time, will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all
students. Data will be collected on students’ academic progress via pre and post-tests and i-Ready
benchmarking and progress monitoring. Students' social emotional well-being will be monitored via
classroom teacher observations and reports, school nurse, counseling services and guidance meetings.
Students will be referred to the Child Study Team to determine additional needed support to be provided
either in school or through support from community agencies.

Morristown CSD will utilize remaining ARP funds to maintain the operation of and continuity of services
in the district. The district will:

● Replace field fencing around the baseball and softball fields and surrounding spectator areas;
● Purchase WiFi on buses and/or through hot spots to allow access to internet for student
learning;
● Update equipment and provide supervision in the fitness room to promote student health and
well-being; and
● Purchase supplies for extracurricular activities, including items such as, covered removable
dugouts for soccer, softball and baseball practice and games; and
● Support working on the records retention schedule and book room.
The district appreciates your support and values your input as we remain steadfast in our mission- to
prepare all students to confidently and competently pursue their goals and to demonstrate ethical
responsibility to the world around them.
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