ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan

Applicant: WYCKOFF TOWNSHIP - Bergen Application:
Cycle:
American Rescue
Plan - ESSER -
Original Application
Project Period: 3/13/2020 - 9/30/2024

LEA Plan for Use Of Funds
1. The extent to which and how the funds will be used to implement prevention
and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent
with the most recent CDC guidance on reopening schools, in order to continuously
and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning; ([count] of 2000
maximum characters used)

A significant portion of the ARP ESSER funds allocated to the Wyckoff School
District will be used to improve ventilation. According to the CDC, "improving
ventilation is an important COVID-19 prevention strategy that can reduce the
number of virus particles in the air [by] bringing fresh outdoor air into a building"
(cdc.gov). Approximately $250,000 of the district's allocation of ARP ESSER funds
will be used to make changes to the HVAC or air filtration systems in our schools,
including the purchase and installation of new univents.

2. How the LEA will use the funds it reserves under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP
Act to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the
implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or
summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or
extended school year; ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)

The Wyckoff School District will run a Summer Academies program for PreK-8
students including a variety of classes which will address the academic impact of
lost instructional time and provide support in academic areas. Before and after
school tutoring will be offered to support students in the acquisition and
maintenance of essential skills. Both the Summer Academies program and
before/after school tutoring will utilize authentic learning tasks based on the
research that shows that authentic learning facilitates learners' acquisition of
knowledge (Wornyo, Klu, & Motlhaka, 2018).

3. How the LEA will spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds consistent with section
2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act; and ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)
The Wyckoff School District will spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds on
improving school facilities to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to
environmental health hazards; addressing the needs of children, including children
from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and
ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth;
purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity,
assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and
substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom
instructors, including students from low-income families and children with
disabilities; providing mental health services and supports; and addressing
learning loss.

4. How the LEA will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not
limited to the interventions implemented under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act
to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, will respond to the
academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and
particularly 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. Under this requirement, an LEA must engage
in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to
provide input in the development of its plan. Specifically, an LEA must engage in
meaningful consultation with students; families; school and district administrators
(including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school
leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions.
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The Wyckoff School District will ensure that interventions will respond to needs by
basing selection and implementation of interventions on data related to student
performance and on the context for that performance. This data serves to fully
understand student needs, strategies to address them, and how best to target
resources, particularly for those students disproportionately impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic. Student performance data has been considered, as well as
data related to factors impacting students' opportunities to learn, including
qualified teachers, clean and safe facilities, up-to-date books and quality learning
materials, high-quality coursework, and school conditions that provide students
with a fair and equal opportunity to learn and develop critical knowledge and skills.
Research emphasizes that this contextual data serves a critical role in identifying
student needs, particularly when considered alongside student performance
indicators, and targeting resources. By pairing data on factors impacting students'
opportunities to learn with other data, including data on student achievement, the
district was able to identify where improvement is needed and to target resources
and select evidence-based practices demonstrated to improve student outcomes.

The Wyckoff School District administration with multiple and various stakeholders
to gather input on student needs. The district administered the New Jersey School
Climate Survey in the fall of 2021 to all parents, students, and staff to gather data
on factors impacting students' opportunities to learn. Continuous feedback with
students, school and district administrators, teachers, and families will occur.

5. Additionally, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with each of the
following, to the extent present in or served by the LEA: Tribes; civil rights
organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders
representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children
experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children
who are incarcerated, and other underserved students. ([count] of 2000
maximum characters used)

The Wyckoff School District administration with multiple and various stakeholders,
considering the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children
experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and other underserved
students to gather input on student needs. The district administered the New
Jersey School Climate Survey in the fall of 2021 to all parents, students, and staff
to gather data on factors impacting students' opportunities to learn.

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