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 retain teachers. The retention of our existing staff to maintain a full workforce 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. Staff 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. On the exterior of the building, we will replace turf in play areas maximizing outside space for students to safely play at a distance from one another. An awning will also be installed in the student pick-up area to minimize the exposure to direct sunlight.
We will use ESSER III funding to provide additional compensation to our existing teachers that consistently step into another teacher's classroom during an absence due to COVID-19. Evidence shows that a consistent school environment support positively affects student academics and behaviors. By providing additional compensation for teachers going beyond their usual duties shows a positive trend in retaining those teachers. To further address the learning loss of those students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, we will offer summer school that will be staffed by teachers compensated using funds from ESSER III. Additionally, we will purchase tablets for the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms allowing access to already purchased learning technology programs and additional online resources. Lexia Core 5 is a program that will be purchased and accessed using tablets.
A portion of the funding will be allocated toward the compensation of the BASIS Short Term Online Program teachers, staff, and administrative team. This is an alternative option of learning for students not taking part in in-person learning this school year due to the pandemic.
To support the social and emotional learning (SEL) of those students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, we will purchase the Second Step program. This program helps students to gain confidence, set goals, make better decisions, collaborate with others, and to navigate the world more effectively. This program will be implemented by the Dean of Students.
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.