Federal Stimulus Funding Priorities
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Priorities
In compliance with the reporting requirements of the 2021-22 Education, Labor and Family Assistance Bill §9-a, below is the preliminary plan for the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocated to the Syracuse City School District. This plan will be revised and revised, as necessary, based on feedback received from students, staff, community members and other stakeholders representing the interests of students in the District. The grant application, which has not yet been released for completion, will be posted as the final plan.
ACCELERATION OF INSTRUCTION
In response to the effects of lost instructional time for students during the COVID 19 pandemic, the District plans to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support a variety of initiatives to accelerate instruction and support all students in the District. Beginning in the summer of 2021, the District plans to implement full day summer school programming with a focus on enrichment activities. The District anticipates implementing academic intervention services focused in the core academic areas of reading and mathematics, supports for students with special needs and language and literacy supports for English Language Learners. Throughout the school year, students are planned to have increased exposure to field trips, additional instructional supplies and sensory materials. For the 2021-22 school year, the District is also proposing a fully remote Virtual Academy option for high school students, with the potential to include some middle school students as well.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will help provide students with additional access to psychologists, social workers, and counselors as they return to in person instruction. The District also plans to provide instructional materials, supplemental materials and textbooks that are supportive of students’ social emotional needs and culturally inclusive instruction. An attendance initiative to address chronic absenteeism is proposed for the 2021-22 school year and the District will partner with community agencies to provide additional supports for students in the District. Teams will be assembled and deployed this summer to locate kids with chronic absenteeism during the pandemic to ensure they are registering for and attending summer school and the upcoming school year.
AIR QUALITY AND SAFETY
To help enhance air quality and safety in our buildings, the District plans to purchase additional air purifiers and filters to be deployed throughout the District. Plans also include upgrades to HVAC controls and enhancements to flooring and windows to buildings throughout the District.
To better provide students with technology and connectivity both in school and during unexpected times of remote instruction, the District plans to purchase additional mobile hot spots and computers. The District proposes the rollout of a plan to provide laptops for every high school student beginning in 2021-22 and continue with implementation for incoming ninth graders in the following years.
Throughout the District, we plan to increase instructional coaching and support for technology integration. We anticipate offering professional development opportunities in the areas of math and reading intervention, culturally responsive practices, social emotional learning, project-based learning and Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings.
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Spending Plan
We welcome you to provide your insights on the ARPA funding priorities with the Balance Act tool. This platform provides major category expenses with explanations and dollar amounts to provide you with an overview of the funding plan submitted by the Syracuse City School District. You have the ability to increase and decrease most of the categories with a click and cast your vote on where to invest more and where to spend less.
Please accept this invitation to learn more about the Syracuse City School District’s ARPA plan and tell us what changes you would like to see. This plan will be revised, as necessary, based on feedback received from students, staff, community members and other stakeholders representing the interests of students in the District. Thank you for taking the time to voice your opinion and cast your vote advocating for the children in Syracuse.
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