BASIS Charter Schools, Inc.
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 carpeting in classrooms and replace the artificial turf outside the building increasing areas for students to safely distance. In order to improve the safety of the exterior of our building, we will have a camera system installed along with increased lighting in the courtyard and student pick-up areas. To further protect our students, we will purchase an automated external defibrillator package to have present during athletic competitions.
Additional staff, such as an Operations Director, 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. To address the learning loss of 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 offer summer school that will be staffed by teachers compensated using funds from ESSER III.
An additional Dean of Students will be hired to focus on the social and emotional learning of those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as mentioned above. The Dean of Students will use the Learning to Breathe SEL program which focuses on intrapersonal competence through mindfulness. A school counselor will be contracted for on-call consultations with high-need students. They will spend their time with students one-on-one with the frequency based on need. To further address the social and emotional needs of students, extracurricular activities will be provided by teachers that will be compensated for doing so with ESSER III funding. Participation in sports and extracurricular activities may increase a student's level of engagement, attendance, academic achievement, and the desire to continue their education beyond high school. 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.