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NAPLS Plan for ESSER III

New Albany-Plain Local Schools 

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and 

Continuity of Services Plan
Pursuant to the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, Section 2001(i)

 

Introduction and Background

In March 2021 President Biden signed the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, Public Law 117-2, into law. The ARP Act provides an additional $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) to states and school districts to help safely reopen, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s students. As with the previous ESSER funds available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the purpose of the additional funding is to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in preparing for and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on educators, students, and families. 

Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA that receives ARP ESSER funds to develop and make publicly available on the LEA’s website, no later than 30 days after receiving ARP ESSER funds, a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools (Safe Return Plan). A Safe Return Plan is required of all fund recipients, including those that have already returned to in-person instruction. Section 2001(i)(2) of the ARP Act further requires that the LEA seek public comment on the Safe Return Plan and take those comments into account in finalization of the Safe Return Plan. Under the interim final requirements published in Volume 86, No. 76 of the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), an LEA must periodically, but no less frequently than every six months through September 30, 2023, review and, as appropriate, revise its Safe Return Plan.

New Albany-Plain Local Schools

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and 

Continuity of Services Plan


Date Published:  June 23, 2021 

Date Revised (if any):

1. Maintaining Health and Safety

For each mitigation strategy listed below (A–H), the New Albany-Plain Local Schools will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff as described on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.

A. Universal and correct wearing of masks

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools Board of Education will adopt policy requirements regarding the universal wearing of facial coverings to comply with any local, state and federal health and/or governmental orders.  The administration will operationalize and broadly communicate any such requirements to all stakeholders upon enactment.

B. Physical distancing (e.g., including use of cohorts/podding)

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools Board of Education will adopt policy requirements regarding social distancing to comply with any local, state and federal health and/or governmental orders.  The administration will operationalize and broadly communicate any such requirements to all stakeholders upon enactment.

C. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette 

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools Board of Education will adopt policy requirements regarding handwashing, hand sanitizing, and respiratory etiquette to comply with any local, state and federal health and/or governmental orders.  The administration will operationalize and broadly communicate any such requirements to all stakeholders, especially students, to ensure they know and understand the importance of proper handwashing and respiratory care as part of our well-being initiatives. 

D. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools administration will secure any cleaning supplies necessary to comply with health and safety protocols required by health and/or governmental officials.  The District shall maintain campus use of the high quality MERV-13 air filters and recommendations of external experts to sustain existing ventilation systems.  The District will implement any required improvements identified by external experts to maintain a clean and safe school environment.  

E. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or tribal health departments

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools administration will implement any contact tracing, isolation, or quarantine directed by and in accordance with public health requirements.  The District will provide access to a COVID-19 Hotline when required by health officials.  The District will ensure that a comprehensive contact tracing and reporting system is operated by school nurses, clinic aides, and administrators in accordance with any public health requirements.  The District will implement comprehensive communication protocols to successfully operationalize any contact tracing, isolation, or quarantine requirements issued by health officials. 

F. Diagnostic and screening testing

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools will implement diagnostic and screening protocols and broadly communicate such to all stakeholders in accordance with public health requirements.

G. Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible

In cooperation with health officials, the New Albany-Plain Local Schools will broadly communicate and provide access to any vaccination opportunities available to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible.  The New Albany-Plain Local School shall not discriminate against any person on the grounds of vaccine participation.

H. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies.

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools shall continue to provide any/all accommodations necessary and required for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies.  The New Albany-Plain Local Schools shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of any disability. 

2. Ensuring Continuity of Services

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff’s social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, including student health and food services.

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools are committed to creating a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.  This purpose requires comprehensive, age-appropriate direct instruction, interventions, enrichment, programs, and support to address students’ academic needs as well as student’s and staff’s social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, including student health and food services.  A detailed accounting of the District’s use of ESSER III federal resources allocated to our school district may be found here.

Additionally, the District will continue to implement a comprehensive research based well-being program and shall continue to partner with external agencies to directly support students and families in need.

3. Public Comment 

A. The New Albany-Plain Local Schools sought public comment on this plan, and took those public comments into account in the development of this plan.  

In accordance with federal guidelines, any person electing to provide public comment for review and consideration regarding this plan may email Michael Sawyers, NAPLS superintendent, via sawyers.1@napls.us or Rebecca Jenkins, NAPLS Treasurer/CFO via jenkins.5@napls.us. !

1 It is the intent of the New Albany-Plain Local Schools to present this plan in an understandable and uniform format; to the extent practicable that this plan has been written in a language that can be easily understood, or, if not practicable to provide written translations to any person with limited English proficiency; and, upon request by anyone who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA, access will be provided in an alternative accessible format.