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As a recipient of ESSER 3 Funding, Highline Public Schools is required to maintain a publicly available Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. This plan was updated in July 2021, January 2022, March 2022, and July 2022 in accordance with federal requirements; maintaining compliance for the 2021-2022 school year.
As a recipient of ESSER 3 Funding, Highline Public Schools is required to submit and make publicly available to OSPI an “Academic and Student Wellbeing Recovery Plan”. This plan was submitted to OSPI in June 2021, and is publicly available on our Washington LEA Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan web page. OSPI required a secondary attestestation to this plan in January 2022 that was submitted directly in the format required via google forms; maintaining compliance for the 2021-2022 school year.
In alignment with our values as a district to engage the community in the fund planning process, Highline Public Schools has engaged students, families, staff, and leadership in the following ways:
The 2021-2022 Budget was publicly proposed with time for public comment during a special board hearing in June 2021and again in June 2022.
In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, a return to learn webinar with an open thought exchange was offered to the broader community. This feedback helped inform next steps for the district in terms of safety planning and the development of our work regarding CARE.
The Committee for Allocating Resources Equitably (CARE), composed of 25 staff, family, and student members was convened between September and December 2021 to provide guidance on how to spend a portion of COVID relief funds in Highline schools. This group's initial proposals were brought to the Family Action Committee in January of 2021. From both groups, many proposed guiding principles, outside of the individual projects proposed for the district to initiate, were also used to help the district budget the remainder of ESSER for the 2022-23 school year.
In preparing for the 2022-23 budget process, staff and leadership had the opportunity to submit a decision package for ESSER funds in February 2022. Similar to a grant application, those submitting these packages collaborated with their teams, school communities, students, and families, to complete the package and speak to the impact, especially in relation to equity, the proposed project could have.