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 enhance the exterior student areas including the replacement of turf and the addition of a shade structure. These enhancements will maximize the space for students to safely distance from one another.
To address learning loss for those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will purchase additional Lexia Core 5 Reading Program licenses. Lexia Core 5 Reading Program aims to accelerate the development of fundamental literacy skills for students of all abilities, 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 purchase tablets for the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms allowing access to these learning technology programs and additional online resources. A portion of the ESSER III funding will be used to retain existing teachers and staff.
A Teaching Fellow will be hired to address the social emotional learning needs of 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 work directly with students using Emotional ABCs. The Teaching Fellow will also work directly with teachers and the Student Affairs department to support students in the classroom and on the playground. In addition to addressing the social emotional needs of students, the Teaching Fellow will provide one-on-one interventions with our high-need students. This position will work with small groups of up to 10 students during the school day. Interventions will be conducted in 15-to-20-minute increments.
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.