ATTENTION ABRAHAM LINCOLN FAMILIES:
Please join Mrs. Shaw and Dr. Harris-Smedberg to discuss the use of ESSER funds on August 17, 2021 at 4:00 in the Abraham Lincoln School cafeteria. This meeting is for the families of Abraham Lincoln School students. Please wear a mask to this meeting. There will be a meeting held for each school. We hope to see you then!
The Bangor School Department is slated to receive $12,937,720.52 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER 3) Funds. There is a grant application process, which means that our district applies to use the funds set for us. We are beginning the process of applying and want your ideas to help inform our decisions on grant projects. “These Federal emergency resources are available for a wide range of activities to address diverse needs arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, or to emerge stronger post-pandemic, including responding to students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs and continuing to provide educational serves as schools respond to and recover from the pandemic.” A minimum of 20% ($2,587,544.10) of this funding must be set aside to address learning recovery for our students. The remaining funds may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, funds may be used to develop strategies and implement public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on reopening and operating schools to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff, as well as:
- coordinating preparedness and response efforts with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19;
- training and professional development on sanitizing and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases;
- purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the SAU’s facilities;
- repairing and improving school facilities to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards;
- improving indoor air quality;
- addressing the needs of children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth;
- developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs;
- planning for or implementing activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students and providing technology for online learning;
- purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including students from low-income families and children with disabilities;
- providing mental health services and supports, including through the implementation of evidence based full-service community schools and the hiring of counselors;
- planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental after-school programs;
- addressing learning loss; and
- other activities that are necessary to maintain operation of and continuity of and services, including continuing to employ existing or hiring new LEA and school staff.