McCreary County Schools
ARP ESSER Plan
July 30, 2021
The McCreary County School district will utilize ARP ESSER funds to further mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 utilizing the guidance and strategies consistent from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health officials in Kentucky. The district will purchase masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, disposable items, signage and other materials as necessary to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 strains. This also includes protective equipment, individual items for classroom use that would otherwise be shared, additional furniture for effective spacing and materials for other measures as needed. All staff and students will be trained according to procedures in place for cleaning, handwashing, as well as bus, cafeteria and classroom expectations.
In response to lost instructional time, the district will provide additional tutoring before and after school, provide materials and manpower to reduce class size and provide flexible, fluid student grouping within the school day. Enhanced summer school initiatives will continue during each summer to provide remediation and enrichment activities for students in grades P-12. Many instructional materials, manipulatives and digital educational platforms have been and will continue to be purchased in order to reach diverse student needs. The district will adapt plans for virtual learning and be prepared for non-traditional learning if necessary due to the pandemic. Teachers and staff will be provided additional, embedded professional development and mentor supports. Additional professional development opportunities will be provided to staff when appropriate in efforts to enhance student engagement and differentiate instruction.
McCreary County Schools will also work on additional facility upgrades to improve air quality, and provide more efficient buildings. HVAC units, windows and doors will also be reviewed to ensure proper ventilation. Additional furniture needs for social distancing and teacher workspaces that are conducive to managing virtual delivery of lessons along with students physically in the classroom have been identified as a need.
Outdoor seating options, recreational equipment, and adaptive items for special populations have also been identified as items that would enhance the students’ educational experiences and address many social-emotional issues that have evolved from the pandemic. Further, additional counseling sessions and mental health sessions will be offered to both staff and students throughout the coming years. In a recent survey, topics were identified by a group of parents, teachers and the community. Coping with anxiety, positive behavior supports and grief support were among the topics that were requested/perceived as the highest need for our staff and students. Additionally, PBIS is still in Tier I status, therefore a focus on positive expectations with the rewards for meeting those expectations will provide positive interactions for both students and staff. Additional parent and family events will be scheduled at various times throughout the year in an effort to both address the social emotional needs of the school community, but also help parents/families help students learn and achieve goals.
The district is developing this plan in coordination with the McCreary County Advisory Committee, school/district administration, staff and students. The committee was formed by the district in an intentional effort to build partnerships with multiple members of the community. Specific representatives from various groups within the community were sent an invitation, as well as a public invitation for anyone interested to take part. The committee meets in person and virtually, as needed, to review specific plans that have required stakeholder input. Members include parents, business owners and managers, newspaper editor, advocacy group representatives, teachers, classroom aides, bus drivers, head start employees, higher education representatives, financial institution leadership, small business owners and students. Our goal was to reach out to as many groups that prepare and/or receive our students. Their perspectives have provided insight, and also align with surveys also provided to our community. They will work on reviewing the ARP ESSER Plan, Title I A plans, other federal plans, CDIP and others as needed.