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 AC compressor and invest in a HVAC maintenance plan to improve air quality inside the building. We will install an enclosure around the front office area to better protect our staff and families to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. On the exterior of the building, we will replace the turf in the playground area to provide a safe place for students to spend their recess time maximizing opportunities to distance from one another.
To address learning loss, we will hire a Teaching Fellow that will provide interventions to 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. Additionally, we will purchase tablets for the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms allowing access to already purchased learning technology programs and additional online resources.
To address the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of the students, we will purchase the Second Step Elementary Classroom Kit. The Classroom Kit offers an evidence-based approach to social-emotional learning, with age-appropriate lessons that are easy to teach and fun to learn. Additionally, we will provide compensation to teachers that provide extracurricular activities that further address the SEL needs of students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
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.