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ARP ESSER - Application Details
Jackson County, American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER - Fiscal Year 2021 (Rev 0)
 
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Cover Page & Required Narratives

Superintendent of Schools 
Name*
ARP ESSER Point of Contact 
Name*
Role*
Phone*
Ext
Required Narratives 
How does the LEA plan to use funds to implement prevention and mitigation strategies in order to continuously and safely operate schools for in-person learning?
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All data points for Jackson County Schools indicate that remote learning was detrimental to academic progress for all students.  As a result, the district has returned to full-time, face-to-face instruction to help alleviate the loss of instructional time and academic progress.  Jackson County Schools will use the ARP ESSER funds to update and repair facilities as well as to purchase cleaning materials, supplies and services to help further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 so that there is no disruption to in-person learning.
How will the LEA ensure that the evidence-based interventions will address the academic impact of lost instructional time and ensure that those interventions respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students including underrepresented student subgroups (each major racial and ethnic group, children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English Learners, gender, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care) and those who are particularly impacted disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic?
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School and district administrators will continue to analyze data, perform classroom observations and walk-throughs to ensure all students are responding to intervention  measures that address the loss of instructional time and academic progress.  We have created a District wide Response to Intervention (RTI) time in order to focus on specific academic needs of students based on our STAR and ACAP assessments. Those students that specifically have a reading deficiency will be identified and instructed using our Intervention program SPIRE, in order to address learning loss in Reading specifically. We have monthly Problem-Solving Team meetings at each school in order to discuss and intervene on behalf of at-risk students including those in underrepresented subgroups (poverty, children with disabilities, homeless, etc.) whether it be academic, social, emotional, or mental health students are experiencing. At this time, we create a specific plan for those students in order to intervene in a timely manner. We have an EL coordinator who tracks our EL students and needs. We have Social workers county-wide and an advocacy program as well that supports our at-risk students. 
How will the LEA comply with the requirements of section 427 of GEPA (20 U.S.C. 1228a)?
The description must include information on the steps the LEA proposes to take to permit students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries to overcome barriers (including barriers based on gender, race, color, national origin, disability, and age) that impede equal access to, or participation in, the ESSER III program.
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All teachers will evaluate individual students' learning style/modality to provide the best opportunity for all students to achieve and succeed.  This is especially important for children with disabilities who may have difficulty with the additional challenges of COVID 19 and these funds will allow for additional resources to meet the requirements of their Individual Education Plans.  If any barriers arise that we have not anticipated, we will handle immediately.
How will the LEA actively monitor their allocations, conduct interim audits to ensure an appropriate application of funds, collect and manage data elements required to be reported, and report this information to the community?
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Jackson County Schools' CSFO and staff will monitor all use of ARP ESSER funds and will collaborate with district administrators and instructional coordinators to ensure appropriate data is collected and reported to the community.  Required data will be reported by the parent involvement specialist at regularly scheduled parent/community meetings allowing for stakeholders to provide feedback.  Information will also be posted to the Jackson County Schools website.
How will the LEA meaningfully engage with families and communities throughout the life of the ARP ESSER and other relief funds?
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Jackson County Schools employs a parent involvement specialist to meaningfully engage parents in their child's education.  The specialist regularly meets with families and the community at times and places convenient to stakeholders.  The district provides stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback.  Additionally, the district posts pertinent information on its website and social media platforms.
Provide the URL for the LEA Return-to-Instruction Plan.
*https://www.jacksonk12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5345

LEA Reservation to Address Loss of Instructional Time

LEAs must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address loss of instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students' social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups.

For this reservation of funds, the following interventions are allowable:
1. Summer Learning & Summer Enrichment Programs
2. Extended Day Programs
3. Comprehensive After-School Programs
4. Extended School Year Programs
5. Other – See Intervention box E for more details.

Budget Amount & Details for Interventions Amount 
Intervention A (Summer Learning & Summer Enrichment Programs)
Intervention B (Extended Day Programs)
Intervention C (Comprehensive After-School Programs)
Intervention D (Extended School Year Programs)
Intervention E (Other)
Total Cost:


Intervention A (Summer Learning & Summer Enrichment Programs) 
Provide the following information for Intervention A (Summer Learning & Summer Enrichment Programs):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to host a Summer Enrichment Camp during the Summer of 2023. The camp will run for two weeks for four days a week. Subjects to be covered are science, technology, engineering, mathematics and reading. We will purchase general supplies such as pencils, notebooks, glue, color pencils, copy paper, etc. to effectively run the program. We will also purchase ELA & Math manipulatives to help improve student achievement. Additionally, we will purchase an online subscription to XYZ Company for the duration of the summer program to assist our participating EL students with the curriculum (See attached job description). Total cost: $109,030.00
[Cont.]
9130 - [010-199] (Salaries) $54,450.00 | 9130 - [200-299] (Benefits) $11,430.00
9130 - [400-499] (Materials and Supplies) $2,800.00 | 9130 - [400-499] (Software) $20,000.00
4120 - [010-199] (Bus Driver Salaries) $12,500.00 | 4120 - [200-299] (Bus Driver Benefits) $3,200.00
4120 - [300-399] (Mileage for Buses) $4,650.00

ARP ESSER funds will be used to host Summer Enrichment Camps during the Summer of 2023 and 2024 for students grade K-8.  The camp will run for three weeks for four days a week at three of our centrally located K-8 schools.  Subjects to be covered will vary by site based on needs in the following areas science, technology, engineering, mathematics and reading.   Materials and supplies necessary to effectively run the program will be purchased as well as manipulatives for each student to take home.  Number of employees per summer: 11 teachers per site and 14 bus drivers. Total cost:$273,846.00 | $97,300.00 [9130](010-199) salaries and $19,625.42 [9130](200-299) benefits,$106,000.00 [9130](400-499) materials and supplies, $30,000.00 [4120](010-199) bus driver salaries and $6,051.00 [4120](200-299) benefits and $14,869.58[4120](300-399) mileage for buses

ARP ESSER funds will be used to host summer learning programs for students grade 9-12.  The program will run 4 days a week for the month of June in the 21-22, 22-23, and 23-24 school year. Subjects to be covered will vary by site based on student needs.  The program will be held at Woodville and North Jackson High School. Number of employees per summer: 11 teachers per site and 16 bus drivers. Total cost:$203,908.50 | $97,300.00 [9130](010-199) salaries and $19,625.42 [9130](200-299) benefits,$11,315.08[9130](400-499) materials and supplies, $40,000.00 [4120](010-199) bus driver salaries and $17,668.00 [4120](200-299) benefits and $18,000.00 [4120](300-399) mileage for buses

Intervention B (Extended Day Programs) 
Provide the following information for Intervention B (Extended Day Programs):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Intervention C (Comprehensive After-School Programs) 
Provide the following information for Intervention C (Comprehensive After-School Programs):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)

ARP ESSER funds will be used to fund an after school program for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023 and 2023- 2024 school year for Rosalie School and Bridgeport Middle School as well as for the 22-23 and 23-24 school year for Macedonia School.  The program will provide inquiry-based learning with content geared heavily towards science, technology, reading, arts, engineering and mathematics.  Materials and supplies to effectively run the program will be purchased.  Number of Employees per site: 1 coordinator, 1 bookkeeper/secretary and 6 teachers. Total cost: $1,095,384.00 | $137,760.00 [6220](010-199) coordinator salary, $27,786.16 [6220](200-299) coordinator benefits, $32,000.00 [6220](010-199) secretary/bookkeeper salary and $6,454.40 [6220](200-299) benefits, $617,280.00 [9130](010-199) teacher additional pay and $124,505.36 [9130](200-299) benefits, and $149,598.08[9130](400-499) materials and supplies.

 

 

Intervention D (Extended School Year Programs) 
Provide the following information for Intervention D (Extended School Year Programs):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
ARP ESSER funds will be used to cover extended school year programs for special education students within the district.  The program will be provided for students based on need.  Number of employees: 1 teacher per year. Total cost: $15,000.00 | $12,482.32[2190](010-100) additional pay and $2,517.68[2190](200-299) benefits.
Intervention E (Other) 
Provide the following information for Intervention E (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
NOTE: If an LEA chooses to use the "Other" intervention option, the LEA must attach documentation in the Related Documents section that shows that the Intervention is evidence-based (Tier I | Tier II | Tier III | Tier IV).

ARP ESSER funds will be used to purchase Sound Walls for grades K-3.  Sound Walls supports students in retaining and learning to read unfamiliar words on their own.  It is aligned to the Science of Reading and is in conjunction with LETRS (state-wide teacher training initiative).   Funds will also be used to extend our software license with Renaissance Learning for STAR 360 and Accelerated Reading.  Programs will be used by classroom teachers and interventionists during non-core instructional time.  All subscriptions will end by August 2024.  Total cost: $637,877.00 [1100](400-499)


4. Remaining ARP ESSER Fund Uses

The remaining LEA funds after the LEA Reservation to Address Loss of Instructional Time can be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the allowable uses document in the Document Library for more guidance.

Budget Amount & Details for Additional Uses (Include Name for Other Categories) Amount 
Category 1 (Personnel)
Category 2 (Technology & Online Subscriptions)
Category 3 (Facility Improvements)
Category 4 (Professional Development)
Category 5 (Curriculum Materials & Assessments)
Category 6 (Parent & Family Engagement Activities)
Category 7 (Other)
Category 8 (Other)
Category 9 (Other)
Category 10 (Other)
Category 11 (Other)
Category 12 (Other)
Administrative Costs (must be reasonable and necessary)
Indirect Costs (maximum amount is the unrestricted rate)
Total Cost:


Category 1 (Personnel) 
Provide the following information for Category 1 (Personnel):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example #1:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to employ two system-wide EL teachers (2.0 FTE) for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years to assist with the consistent increase of EL students within the district. In addition to working with students, the EL teachers will work with classroom teachers to ensure appropriate instructional strategies are implemented. (See job description in Related Documents section.)
Total cost: $550,880.00 | 1100 - [010-199] (Salaries) $354,450.00 | 1100 - [200-299] (Benefits) $196,430.00
Example #2:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to employ certified teachers and paraprofessionals for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years to assist with closing the achievement gap of students within the district. The following list identifies the number of teachers and paraprofessionals at each school: School A - 2 Paraprofessionals (2.0 FTE); School B - 1 Teacher (1.0 FTE) & 1 Paraprofessional (1.0 FTE). (See job description in Related Documents section.)
Total cost: $417,813.00 | 1100 - [010-199] (Salaries) $321,123.00 | 1100 - [200-299] (Benefits) $96,690.00

ARP ESSER funds will be used to employ a secondary curriculum coordinator for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school year.  The secondary coordinator will primarily work with classroom teachers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of students grades 9-12 as measured by comprehensive data and develop strategies to provide remediation for learning loss that occurred due to COVID-19 remote learning.  Furthermore, the coordinator will work with school administrators to implement secondary programs and to determine needed changes in curriculum. Total cost: $288,900.00 | $213,210.00 [2210](010-199) salary and $75,690.00 [2210](200-299) benefits

 

Category 2 (Technology & Online Subscriptions) 
Provide the following information for Category 2 (Technology & Online Subscriptions):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks, Chromebook carts, document cameras, and touch screen panels to increase academic technology usage and improve student achievement. ARP ESSER funds will also purchase a subscription to ABC (all subscriptions will expire prior to September 30, 2024).
Total Cost: $432,158.00 | 1100 - [300-399] (Software License) $30,000.00 | 1100 - [400-499] (Technology) $402,158.00
Category 3 (Facility Improvements) 
Provide the following information for Category 3 (Facility Improvements):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to replace 3 air conditioner units at ABC Elementary School, install 2 new air conditioner units at EFG Middle School, and repair 1 air conditioner unit at IJK High School. All services will be completed by June 2024. Total Cost: $55,500.00
7200 - [500-599] (Capitalized Units) $18,500.00 | 3200 - [400-499] (Non-Capitalized Units and Supplies for Repairs) $37,000.00
ARP ESSER funds will be used to replace faulty roofs at Stevenson Middle, Section and North Sand Mountain ($3,000,000.00), to replace HVAC units at Pisgah, Rosalie, North Jackson, Woodville High School and Hollywood ($2,000,000.00)and upgrade bathrooms at Skyline, North Sand Mountain and Section ($2,000,000.00).   Up to fifteen HVAC units will be replaced at each of the five schools.  Bathroom renovations will include new flooring and touch-free fixtures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Additionally, $500,000.00 will be used to construct an amphitheater at our Vocational Center.  The amphitheater will be used for outdoor classroom and event space which will allow for ample space to socially distance.  All services will be completed by August 2024. Total cost: $7,500,000.00 [7000-7999](500-599)
Category 4 (Professional Development) 
Provide the following information for Category 4 (Professional Development):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to provide ongoing, high quality professional development for administrators, teachers, and other instructional staff that support increased student achievement in all core subject areas.
- Consultants: Our mathematics adoption textbook company (ABC Company) will provide high quality professional development in October 2021 and December 2021 to all teachers within the LEA to prepare them for the COS adoption. Total Cost: $14,000.00 | 2215 - [300-399] (Consultants) $14,000
- Stipends: Teachers and other instructional support staff will be provided a stipend to participate in professional development that is outside of their contracted hours during the Spring of 2022. Total Cost: $19,230.00 | 2215 - [010-199] (Stipends) $11,456.00 | 2215 - [200-299] (Benefits) $7,774.00
[Cont.]
- Substitutes: Teachers will work collaboratively during the school day to develop curriculum maps and common formative assessments once a quarter for the 2022-2023 school year for a total of 4 days. Our LEA uses ABC Company for subs, so all subs are contractual, and no benefits are provided. Total Cost: $18,000.00 | 2215 - [300-399] (Contract for Subs) $18,000
- Materials and Supplies: General supplies will be needed for all professional development sessions to include but not limited to chart paper, easels, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc. Total Cost: $3,400.00 | 2215 - [400-499] (Supplies & Materials) $3,400.00
[Cont.]
- Conference Attendance: 6 Teachers & 2 Administrators will attend the MEGA Conference (Mobile, AL) in July 2022 to be provided professional development from the ALSDE to support student achievement. Travel costs will include hotel, per diem, and mileage. Total Cost: $22,000.00 | 2215 - [600-899] (Registration) $4,000.00 | 2215 - [300-399] (Travel) $18,000.00
Category 5 (Curriculum Materials & Assessments) 
Provide the following information for Category 5 (Curriculum Materials & Assessments):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to purchase assessment supplies and materials to help provide real time data to increase student achievement. These will include actual assessments and general supplies. All services will be purchased by the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
Total Cost: $8,791.00 | 2130 - [400-499] (Assessment Supplies & Materials) $8,791.00
Category 6 (Parent & Family Engagement Activities) 
Provide the following information for Category 6 (Parent & Family Engagement Activities):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Example:
ARP ESSER funds will be used to purchase family handouts and resources for our Family Literacy Night in 2021 and 2022. The resources will include ELA and Math manipulatives and supplies needed to create family activities.
Total Cost: $4,500.00 | 2190 - [400-499] (Supplies and Materials) $4,500.00
Category 7 (Other) 
Provide the following information for Category 7 (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
ARP ESSER funds will be used to provide cleaning materials and supplies and purchased services to maintain clean facilities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the 21-22, 22-23 and 23-24 school years.  All services will be completed by August 2024. Total cost: $628,109.40 |  $340,000.00 [3200-2900](300-399) contracted cleaning services and $288,109.40[3200](400-499) cleaning materials and supplies.
Category 8 (Other) 
Provide the following information for Category 8 (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
ARP ESSER funds will be used to address additional costs associated with increased communications with stakeholders due to COVID-19.  Funds will cover the purchase of a digital billboard to be centrally located in the district (AL Hwy 72, Hollywood, AL) and will keep the community up to date on COVID-19 communications as well as other student related information.  Additionally,  funds will cover copier and paper expenses at each of the seventeen schools within the district.  Copier/paper needs have increased as Jackson County School district is primarily rural and a significant part of the district does not have sufficient access to WIFI/electronic communications. Paper communications will be required to continue to provide COVID-19 communications to parents.  All services will be completed by August 2024.  Total cost: $387,051.10 | $107,051.10 [2310](400-499) and $280,000.00 [2310](500-599)
Category 9 (Other) 
Provide the following information for Category 9 (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Category 10 (Other) 
Provide the following information for Category 10 (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Category 11 (Other) 
Provide the following information for Category 11 (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)
Category 12 (Other) 
Provide the following information for Category 12 (Other):
1) Brief description and timeline for each service (service must end by 9/30/2024)
2) Number of employees and FTE(s) (if applicable)
3) Itemized Budget using Function & Object codes (must match Budget Grid)


Administrative Costs 
Program Administration must be reasonable and necessary in order to manage the federal grant in a compliant and effective manner.*
Provide a summary of how the grant program will be administered, including the title of the staff responsible for the grant administration, the FTE(s), and other funding sources (if applicable) that will contribute to administrative staff salaries/benefits. Additionally, the description must include all estimated costs, match the administrative costs dollar amount listed above, and include the Function and Object codes associated with the charge.
ARP ESSER funds will be used to employ a Grant Accountant/Monitor for the 2022-2023 school year (FTE 1.0). Total cost $100,000.00 | $75,226.76 [6000-6999](010-199) salary and $24,773.24 [6000-6999](200-299) benefits.


Indirect Costs 
Indirect Costs represent the expenses of doing business that are not readily identified with the ARP ESSER but are necessary for the general operation of the organization and the conduct of activities it performs. These costs must be reasonable and necessary, and LEAs can use the unrestricted indirect cost rate for calculation.*
% - Unrestricted Indirect Cost Rate for LEA
Maximum Indirect Cost amount for the ARP ESSER Fund
Function/Object Code used on the Budget Grid

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