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Red Oak Community Schools


The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER III) Fund provides school districts resources to reopen, sustain safe operations, and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. To be an acceptable use of ESSER funds an expenditure must be necessary to “prevent, prepare for, or respond to coronavirus” and reasonable in terms of cost.


The Red Oak CSD proposes the following uses for ESSER III funds.



Address Unfinished Learning:


  • Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning (e.g., summer school);
  • Planning and implementing activities relating to supplemental after-school programs (e.g., after school enrichment programs, study table at secondary campus);
  • Contracting with community-based partners to provide after school enrichment programs; and
  • Addressing learning loss or unfinished learning through targeted interventions as part of a multi-tiered system of supports (e.g., social skills groups, self-regulation supports, supplemental academic instruction)


Professional Development:


  • Providing staff training on trauma sensitive care and restorative practices (e.g., inclusiveness, relationship building, problem solving);
  • Providing staff training on standards-based planning, effective instructional practices, conditions of learning, and other professional responsibilities;
  • Providing staff training on effective assessment and academic interventions;
  • Purchasing flexible virtual training modules tailored to the needs of students and staff; and
  • Contracting with guest speakers, consultants, and trainers to present to staff on topics such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment, targeted interventions, wellness, social-emotional learning, and other topics


Intervention Based Curriculum


  • Purchasing research-based curricula that are aligned to state and local standards, use diagnostic assessments to determine student’s level of mastery of key concepts and skills, and include alternate or supplemental materials to differentiate instruction


Maintaining Consistent Operations and Continuity of Services:


  • Subsidizing paraprofessional salaries; and
  • Hiring additional general education and special education paraprofessionals


Providing Social, Emotional, Mental Health Services and Supports:


  • Contracting for additional counseling services through Green Hills AEA;
  • Enhancing Jr/Sr High School Beyond School program by including additional social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health instruction;
  • Development and implementation of an after-school enrichment program at Inman Elementary School;
  • Development and implementation of social and emotional learning and social skills instruction at the 7th and 8th grades;
  • Implementation of evidence-based trauma informed instruction and supports (e.g., Conscious Discipline) to enhance behavior management and coping strategies at Inman Elementary; and
  • Contracting with guest speakers and panelists to present to students and staff on topics such as self-care, goal setting, positivity, practicing gratitude, persistence, self-advocacy, social connectedness, healthy coping strategies, substance abuse, relaxation, nutrition, physical activity, etc.


Purchasing Educational Technology (e.g., hardware, software, connectivity, assistive and adaptive technology)


  • Upgrading switches and internet access points to enhance connectivity;
  • Upgrading servers to enhance connectivity;
  • Enhancing network (i.e., cabling and fiber) infrastructure;
  • Installing wireless routers on school busses to provide internet access to students traveling on daily bus routes or to and from district activities;
  • Purchasing additional student and teacher devices and other instructional technology;
  • Implementing a single sign-on authentication service at Inman Elementary allowing students to use one login credential;
  • Implementing a System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) server to manage and safeguard devices;
  • Purchasing charging stations for student and staff devices;
  • Purchasing additional Chromebook device storage; and
  • Creating a virtual learning space at the Red Oak Early Childhood Center


Purchasing Supplies to Sanitize and Clean Facilities


        • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure to the coronavirus;
        • Purchasing alcohol-based hand sanitizer to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus; and
        • Purchasing supplies to clean and disinfect district facilities


Facilities and Equipment


  • Installation of ADA compliant playground equipment at Inman;
  • Upgrading HVAC system at Inman Elementary to enhance air quality;
  • Purchasing Picnic Tables at Inman Elementary; and
  • Purchasing adaptive equipment to enhance interactions between students, peers, and classroom teachers