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Opelika City, 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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Purchasing personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies in order to continuously and safely operate schools for 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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The mission of Opelika City Schools is to educate every child every day.  To accomplish this mission we use interventions such as high dosage tutoring, high quality instructional materials and summer programs to meet the individualized learning needs of all students.  To meet the social and emotional needs of students each school employs a full time counselor and nurse.
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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Opelika City Schools allows all students equal access to programs to help students overcome barriers that may impede equal access to or participation in, the ESSER III program.  If any barriers arrive our district will handle it as quickly as possible.
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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Monitoring will be addressed through purchase orders, time and effort forms and inventory.  This information will be shared in public school board meetings.
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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We conducted the OCS American Rescue Plan Stakeholders Survey to receive input from stakeholders.  The results were used to guide our next steps to support families and the community.  Opelika City Schools consistently engages with family and community members, through surveys and other public input opportunities.
Provide the URL for the LEA Return-to-Instruction Plan.
*https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DciAoruDPwLgTxX3jU26ihDkZrbUiFecLYI7b_qnsLE/edit

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 a Summer Camp (designed to close the insturctional learning gap in reading that resulted in loss of instruction during COVID) during the Summer of 2023 and 2024.  The camp will will focus on reading and literacy skills and will run  for four days a week, for four weeks. We will employ thirty teachers and six bus drivers.   We will purchase supplies and materials as needed to run the program.  This will address the loss of instruction due to COVID.  

 

Total Cost: $125,065.00

4100-4199  - (010-199)(Salaries) $2,400.00 \ 4188 - (200-299) (Benefits) $435.00

4100-4199 - (300-399) (Mileage for Buses) $1,000.00

9130 - (010-199) (Salaries) $102,160.00 \ 9130 - (200-299) (Benefits) $18,620.00

9130 - (400-499) (Materials and Supplies) $450.00

 

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)
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)
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 employ certified teachers for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years to assist with closing student academic learning loss created by school closure and virtual learning due to COVID.  Teachers are pulling students during their Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention instructional time using high quality curriculum intervention programs to meet academic needs.  Students are not pulled during core instructional time.  Northside 2 GAP teachers (2.0 FTE); Carver Primary 3 GAP teachers  (3.0 FTE); Jeter - 2 Teacher (2.0 FTE); Morris Avenue 2 GAP teachers (2.0 FTE); Southview 2 GAP teachers (2.0 FTE); West Forest 3 GAP teachers (3.0 FTE). (See job description in Related Documents section.)   

This will address the loss of instruction due to COVID.  

 

Total cost teachers: $2,375,786.00 \ $1,754,322.00 [1100](010-199) (Salaries) \ $621,464.00 [1100](200-299) (Benefits)

 

 

 


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 certified teachers (Lead Teachers) for the 2022-2023 and 20024 school years to assist with closing the achievement gap of students within the district due to instructional learning loss from COVID.  These six Lead Teachers will support administrators and teachers with discipline, academic recovery and mental health. The Lead Teachers will be housed at each of the six elementary schools (6.0 FTE). Approximately three nurses (3.0 FTE) will be employed using the ARP ESSER funds.  ARP ESSER funds will also be used to employ one additional EL teacher (1.0 FTE).

Total cost:  $1,456,305.00

Total cost lead and EL teachers: $1,080,940.00 \ $788,500.00 [1100](010-199) (Salaries) \ $292,440.00 [1100](200-299) (Benefits)

Total cost nurses:  $375,365.00 \ $264,000.00 [2140](010-199) (Salaries) / $111,365.00 [2140](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

ARP ESSER funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks, Chromebook carts, desktop computers and other additional technology (including data processing supplies such as: cords, switches, plugs, modems, etc.) as needed to increase academic technology usage and improve student achievement to close the instructional learning loss during COVID.  Funds will be expended by September 2024.

Total Cost: $574,000.00 \ $574,000.00 1100 - [400-499] (Technology)

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 one air conditioner unit (total of four units) at  the following schools:  Northside, Southview, West Forest and Opelika Middle School.  These units increase fresh air to recycled air to improve air quality.  Upgrade cafeteria equipment/facilities for all schools (total of eight schools) Northside, Southview, West Forest, Jeter, Carver, Morris Avenue, Opelika Middle School and Opelika High School.  Cafeteria equipment upgrades will include:  coolers, serving lines and dishwashers, etc.  These upgrades will allow Opelika City Schools to address supply chain issues, social distancing and cleaning and sanitation.  ARP ESSER funds will also be used to upgrade the horticulture facilities at Opelika High School.  Upgraded horticulture facilities will include:  renovation to two greenhouses and a workspace for students.  This is needed to improve student achievement and correct the loss of instructional time during COVID.  All upgrades will be completed by September 2024.

Total Cost: $7,204,742.00

7200 - [500-599] (Capitalized Units) $7,204,742.00

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 purchase career tech equipment that meets industry standards for existing programs (Business, Agriculture, Health Science, IT, Video Production, Education and Training, PLTW Engineering and Hospitality & Tourism) so that students are provided engaging hands-on learning opportunities that address the loss of instruction due to COVID. Funds will be expended by September 30, 2024.

 

Total Cost:  $35,000.00 \$35,000.00 1100 (500-599) (Capital Outlay)

 
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 purchase personal protective equipment and supplies.  Sanitizing specific areas as needed such as buses, classrooms and cafeterias.

Total Cost:  $60,000.00 \ $60,000.00 3200 (400-499) (Materials and supplies)

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.
No administrative costs will be taken.


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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