BASIS Charter Schools will use the allocated ESSER III funding to support our teachers and students in addressing learning loss, both academically, socially and emotionally, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide students with a safe and healthy place to learn by improving the facility. Additional staff will allow us to continue reporting all known COVID-19 cases to the local health department as well as on our health dashboard made available to the public on the website. Hiring staff, such as the COVID Coordinator/Specialist, that are dedicated to contract tracing and providing these updates allows our teachers to focus on learning while our administrative team can focus on making decisions based on the ever-changing climate of COVID-19. ESSER III funds have been designated to an annual HVAC maintenance plan, replace carpeting in classrooms, day porter services, and deep cleaning; these projects will provide for a safe and healthy environment for students to learn. In order to improve the safety of the exterior of our building, we will have lighting installed in pathways, locking crash bars for the gymnasium doors, and additional support in the parking lot during drop-off and dismissal times. To further protect our students, we will purchase an automated external defibrillator package to have present during athletic competitions.
Additional staff, such as Teaching Fellows, Assistant to the Dean, Monitors, and an Instructional Coach, will allow a focus on interventions with those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students. The Teaching Fellow will identify evidence-based techniques and programs best suited to each student. Summer school will be offered at no additional charge to students to further address learning loss. To further address the learning loss, we will provide additional compensation to existing teachers and staff that provide substitute teaching and academic interventions.
By contracting counseling services, we will address the social and emotional learning of those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as mentioned above.
BASIS Charter Schools will continue to utilize federal funding to appropriately address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students. We will not deny or limit the ability of any student to participate in, or benefit from, any BASIS school program on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, gender identify or expression, or any other classification protected by law.