2020-2023 American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) Grant

THE NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 

 

2020-2023 American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) Grant

 

Below are program schedules PS3013 and PS3014 from the Northside Independent School District’s (ISD) ESSER III grant application awarded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on August 25, 2021. These schedules provide a summary of the Northside ISD’s plan for use of funds. Please note that the Local Education Agency (LEA) term used throughout this document refers to the Northside ISD. 

 

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Posted 9/14/2021

 

Program Narrative 

Schedule PS3013

 

  1.  Use of Funds - LEA Allowable Activities
 

Application Response:  

Use of Funds - Local Education Agency (LEA). 

Allowable Activities

Pre-

award

2020- 2021, including summer 2021 

2021- 2022, including summer 2022

2022 -2023, including summer 2023

2023- 2024, including summer 2024 (carryover period)

N/A - Will not expend grant funds on this activity

1A

Any activity authorized under Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2A

Any activity authorized under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

3A

Any activity authorized under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

No

No

No

No

No

No

4A

Any activity authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

5A

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

No

No

No

No

No

No

6A

Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, students with disabilities (SWD), English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students

experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

7A

Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

8A

Training and professional development for staff of the LEA on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases

No

No

No

No

No

No

9A

Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of the LEA, including buildings operated by the LEA

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

10A

Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students

No

No

No

No

No

No

11A

Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, ... including providing technology for online learning to all students

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

12A

Planning for, coordinating, and implementing activities during long-term closures, ... how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under IDEA

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

13A

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

No

No

No

No

No

No

14A

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

15A

Providing mental health services and supports, including through implementation of evidence based full-service community schools

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

16A

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

17A

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

1B

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

2B

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

3B

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

4B

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

5B

School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

6B

Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including ... mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

7B

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

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

8B

Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including ... window and door repair and replacement

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

9B

Developing strategies and implementing public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from CDC for the reopening and operation of school facilities

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

10B

Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in the LEA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

11B

Other activities that are necessary to ... continuing to employ existing staff of the LEA

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

 

C. LEA (Northside ISD) Needs Process

  1. Which of the following processes did the LEA follow to determine the needs of the Local Education Agency (LEA) caused by the pandemic that would not be reimbursed by other fund sources (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Child Nutrition Program, Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG))? 

 

Application Response:  Below is a list of the types of activities Northside ISD followed in conducting its process to identify the added needs caused by the pandemic. These activities are listed on the ESSER III grant application:

  • LEA conducted surveys to campus-level staff.
  • LEA surveyed community groups (i.e., government officials, business, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, etc.).
  • LEA identified needs as issues arose that were out of the ordinary.
  • LEA reviewed documented comprehensive needs assessment considering the pandemic to determine needs.
  • LEA consulted with the local school board to determine needs.
  • LEA completed an ongoing or partial assessment.
  • LEA completed a different needs assessment process not described above.

 

  1. How did the LEA (Northside ISD) prioritize the needs identified in C1 above? 

 

Application Response:  Below is a list of the types of processes Northside ISD followed in prioritizing the needs of the district in determining what activities would be funded with ESSER III funds. These processes are listed on the ESSER III grant application:

 

  • LEA focused on Economically Disadvantaged or Socioeconomically Disadvantaged data.
  • LEA focused on serving the needs of identified student groups (at-risk, migrant, immigrant, SWD, English Learners, Homeless, Foster, etc.).
  • LEA focused on wellness needs.

 

D. Maintenance of Equity

  1. Is the LEA (Northside ISD) exempt from the required Maintenance of Equity provision?

 

Application Response: No

 

Program Narrative 

Schedule PS3014

 

A.  Pre-Award

  1. Enter the total dollar amount of ESSER III funds to be charged as pre-award costs for the activities indicated in Sections A and B in PS3013 as occurring during pre-award (March 13, 2020, through the application submission date).

 

Application Response:  $165,769 

 

B. Minimum Required Set-Aside

  1. Enter the total dollar amount of ESSER III funds to be expended to meet the 20% minimum required set-aside for learning loss mitigation, including through afterschool, summer school, extended day/year programs, targeted to students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students

 

Application Response:  $56,055,874

 

  1. Briefly describe the activities selected in PS3013 questions A16, A17, B1, B2, and/or B3. A response in at least one of these PS3013 questions is required. (this is referring to the  A. Use of Funds - LEA Allowable Activities Chart)

 

Application Response:  Services will include: tutorials; accelerated instruction; Middle School (MS) transition camps; expansion of afterschool program; learning tree summer program; learning resources such as Elementary School (ES) classroom libraries, literacy closets, dyslexia instructional materials, & mobile planetarium; expanding services to Pre-K students to full day; resources for at-risk MS math, targeted scaffolded curriculum at MS; MS math teaching/learning labs at Title I schools; science resources; PE resources; social studies, academic and whole child support for special education students/families; Professional Development (PD) on how to better engage families; MTSS Support and PD; Resources and PD to support literacy at all levels; MS social studies vocabulary resources for English Learners (ELs); stipends for teachers supporting accelerated instruction; mobile library and community outreach; Curriculum Management System (CMS) and Schoology integration; Applied Learning Environment (ALE) student field trips; class size reduction for Behavior Management Classroom (BMC); take-home kits for speech students; and the Instructional Assistant (IA) to teacher residency program.

 

  1. Briefly describe the activities selected in PS3013 questions A6, A13, A15, A17, B1, B2, and/or B3. A response in at least one of these PS3013 questions is required.  (this is referring to the  A. Use of Funds - LEA Allowable Activities Chart)

 

Application Response:  Services will include: tutorials; accelerated instruction; Middle School (MS) social studies vocabulary resources for English Learners (ELs); Family Liaisons to support families, reconnection teams to re-engage students; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) grab and go literacy packs; SEED mental health program for youth; expansion of afterschool program; learning tree summer program; learning tree at the women’s shelter; respite and community based instruction; take-home kits and literature for Early Childhood Special Education (EC SPED) students; take home kits for speech; connection program - backpacks and hygiene kits for homeless youth; PD on how to better engage families; living essentials for school age parenting; real-time translation services; early education learning tool in literacy and math for families to use at-home for K-2; mobile library and community outreach; CMS and Learning Management System integration; resources for at-risk MS math; PE resources; social studies, academic and whole child support for special education students/families; MS social studies vocabulary resources for ELs; Professional Development (PD) on how to better engage families; MTSS Support and PD; Resources and PD to support literacy at all levels; MS social studies vocabulary resources for ELs; and stipends for teachers supporting accelerated instruction. 

 

C. Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

  1. Enter the direct web link to the LEA’s web page where you post your required "Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan" and the PS3013 and PS3014 program schedules to this application, or a separate document containing all the information included in the program schedules, serving as the LEA's plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds within 30 days of receiving your ESSER III Grant NOGA. These plans must be reviewed at least every 6 months and updated as appropriate

 

Application Response:  https://www.nisd.net/district/required-postings/arp-esser

 

D. Prevention and Mitigation Strategies Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  1. Briefly describe the activities selected in PS3013 questions A5, A8, A9, B5, B6, B7, B8, and/or B9. If none of these activities were selected, enter “No prevention and mitigation strategies funded.”  (this is referring to the  A. Use of Funds - LEA Allowable Activities Chart)

 

Application Response:  Services will include: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) equipment for PE to prevent COVID & MRSA; PPE for fine arts programming.