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 sanitize classroom carpets, install touchless bathroom fixtures, install a water bottle filling station, replace air filters, and purchase air purifiers. Additional COVID-19 PPE and other supplies will be purchased, such as rapid tests, N95 masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting spray and wipes. We will also focus a portion of the funding on additional learning resources allowing for students to learn while at a safe and healthy distance from one another. To further protect our students, we will purchase an automated external defibrillator package to have present during athletic competitions.
Additional 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. Hiring 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. We will also add additional staff that are focused on interventions with 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. The Interventionist identify evidence-based techniques and programs best suited to each student.
BASIS Charter Schools will expand the music education program by purchasing additional instruments providing more students the opportunity to participate without having to share resources. The same applies to the drama program at the school. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) emphasizes the importance of arts and music as part of a well-rounded education.
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. To further support our students academically and socially/emotionally, we will purchase two years of the DeansList software.
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.