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 for janitorial services, maintenance service for the HVAC units, and to have the carpets replaced in classrooms; all projects will improve the health and safety of the students and staff by improving air quality and providing maximum space for social distancing. Many of our administrative staff have taken on additional duties as it relates to COVID-19, and we will use a portion of this funding to retain them.
To address learning loss for 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, we will hire an Interventionist. The Interventionist will provide interventions and monitor academic progress. A Math Specialist will be hired using ESSER III funding to intervene with students struggling with math specifically. Summer Interventionists will be hired for summer school to further address learning loss. Additionally, tablets will be purchased for 1st and 2nd grade classrooms allowing access to learning technology programs and online resources.
To address the social emotional learning needs of the 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, we will hire a Behavior Specialist. The Specialist will work with students in small groups, large groups, and one-on-one, as needed. The focus will be on social emotional learning using the, already established, Second Step program and supporting the character education program, Character Strong.
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.