• Henry County Public Schools

    American Rescue Plan ESSER III

    Section 1: Introduction

    The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s students by addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. Henry County Public Schools has been awarded $18,051,093.61 in ESSER III funds. This plan describes how the awarded funds will be used. Questions about this plan should be directed to Mrs. Lisa Millner, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, at lmillner@henry.k12.va.us or 276-634-4721.

    As we received feedback from our community in reference to our American Rescue Plan, HCPS gained invaluable insight as to how these federal funds should be utilized to better our students while maintaining safety and addressing learning gaps caused by the impact of COVID-19. 

    The plan below outlines how various funds will be used over the next two years to address the ongoing concerns from the pandemic. 

    Section 2: Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

    ARP Act ESSER III funds may be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning. Henry County Public Schools will use approximately $14.3 million of its ARP Act ESSER III funds to implement prevention and mitigation strategies as described below.

    Henry County Public Schools will continue to implement a plan focused on COVID-19 mitigation strategies for reopening in accordance with the Virginia Phase Guidance for Schools. In the 2021-2022 school year, HCPS remains open with distancing measures in place. Attendance will be restricted to those from limited transmission areas (other Phase 3 areas) only. Students transferring from another school in the U.S. are admitted dependent upon the student's current health and travel history. At the school’s discretion and in collaboration with local health department recommendations, a 14-day quarantine period may be required. Students transferring from another country (dependent upon CDC travel guidelines), will be required to verify the student's current health status and travel history. At the school’s discretion and in collaboration with local health department recommendations, a 14-day quarantine period may be required.

    In addition, Henry County Public Schools has adopted practices on each of the following safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

    • Universal and correct wearing of masks
    • Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing
    • Diagnostic and screening testing
    • Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities
    • Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies
    • Coordination with state and local health officials

    For more information concerning our “Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services” please visit https://www.henry.k12.va.us/domain/2676

    Henry County Public Schools will use the American Rescue Plan ESSER III funds for the following expenditures for prevention and mitigation strategies:

    1. Air Quality Improvements - Upgrades and/or replacements will be made to various heating/air and ventilation systems throughout various schools within the division
    2. Furniture - Replacement of furniture in various classrooms will take place in order to ensure social distancing, small group learning, and allow for appropriate cleaning and sanitization
    3. Instructional Resources - Various manipulatives and instructional supplies will be purchased in order to prevent sharing among students
    4. Technology - HCPS will utilize transportation systems in which bus drivers can track student activity on the bus as well conduct contact-tracing, if needed
    5. Sanitization - PPE supplies and disinfectants will be purchased to ensure schools are cleaned and sanitized properly

    Section 3: Addressing Unfinished Learning

    Section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA to use twenty percent of its formula funds to address the academic impact of lost instructional time (learning loss) through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive after school programs, or extended school year programs. Henry County Public Schools will use approximately $3.7 million of its ARP Act ESSER III funds to address unfinished learning as described below.

    Henry County Public Schools will use the American Rescue Plan ESSER III funds to address unfinished learning for our students:

    1. After School Tutoring/Enrichment/Summer Learning - Over the next two school years and two summers, HCPS will offer opportunities for after-school tutoring as well as summer learning for students in grades K-12
    2. Additional Staff - Various positions will be made available to hire additional staff to assist with small group instruction 
    3. Online Resources - HCPS will utilize online resources and platforms to implement instruction and practice in the classroom as well as at home

    Section 4: Other Uses of Funds

    Section 2001(e) of the ARP Act permits school divisions to use the ARP Act ESSER III funding not reserved to address unfinished learning to address the impacts of COVID-19 in a variety of ways. At this time, Henry County Public Schools will only use the funds as described in Sections 2 and 3.

    Should you have any suggestions of other uses of funds, please contact Lisa Millner at lmillner@henry.k12.va.us.

    Section 5: Addressing Students’ Academic, Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs

    Students will complete a SEL screener at the beginning of the school year via Qualtrics. Data Designees at each school will be responsible for reviewing and resharing the data to the corresponding staff members to respond. Additionally, designees will help building principals monitor that follow-up is occurring between the staff member/s and students (including utilization of corresponding interventions). Building principals are responsible for completing, monitoring, and submitting their SEL Data-Driven Decision Making Tool to the Office of Student Services.

    Section 6: Consultation with Stakeholders and Opportunity for Public Comment

    In developing the ARP ESSER Plan, Henry County Public Schools met with stakeholders such as principals, directors (from various departments), board members, and other administrators. These individuals collaborated on multiple occasions to discuss the needs of the division as well as discussing how federal funds will be used to accommodate English learners, special population students, and other at-risk students. In addition to these meetings, a survey was developed and shared via School Messenger to include students, parents, and other community members to gain feedback on their interests and priorities in reference to the division’s ARP ESSER Plan funds. There were a total of seventy-seven respondents to the survey. The feedback from their responses was reviewed and considered. Stakeholders were also given the opportunity to offer suggestions after responding to the survey.  


    Section 7: Making the Plan Available to the Public

    Henry County Public Schools has taken the following steps to make this plan available to the public:

    • The plan is posted at https://www.henry.k12.va.us/Page/23231;
    • The plan is available in the following languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar, Nepali, Norwegian, Nyanja, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Sesotho, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Western Frisian, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

    The plan may be orally translated for parents. Contact Lisa Miller at 276-634-4721 to request translation.