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. ESSER III funds have been designated to replace the HVAC unit and have the classroom carpets cleaned in order to improve air quality within the school. Also, updates will be made in the gymnasium to ensure students have maximum space in this area to be a safe distance from one another. Retaining our new and existing 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. To further protect our students, we will purchase an automated external defibrillator package to have present during athletic competitions.
To address learning loss for students that have been 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, we will provide a summer school program. ESSER III funding will be used to compensate the teachers that lead the summer program. To further support our teachers and staff, we will use ESSER III funding to provide additional compensation to those that consistently step into another teacher's classroom during an absence due to COVID-19. We will purchase tablets for the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms allowing access to learning technology programs and additional online resources.
BASIS Charter Schools will focus on the social and emotional learning of those students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, as mentioned above, with the purchase of the Second Step program. This program is rooted in social-emotional learning and can help transform schools into supportive and successful learning environments. A Reading Interventionist will work with students using this program while also providing interventions.
To further address social and emotional learning, a portion of the Athletic Director's salary will be funded by the ESSER III grant award. Sports and extracurricular activities provide students with the opportunity to learn teamwork and a sense of community among their peers. Participation in sports and extracurricular activities may increase a student's level of engagement, attendance, academic achievement, and the desire to continue their education beyond high school.
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.