Hoosick Falls Central School District is scheduled to receive federal funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA) over the next two to three years as follows:

  • CRRSA $1,102,280 to be spent between March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2023
  • ARP $3,580,862 to be spent between March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2024

A survey was conducted for students, parents/guardians, faculty/staff, and community members to provide input to help prioritize a variety of categories in which the district will be used to help allocate the potential use of these funds. The categories of use include the following priority areas: safely returning students to school; addressing the mental health needs of students; addressing learning loss for students; providing enrichment opportunities for students; facility repairs and improvements to improve the health concerns; upgrading of HVAC

Priority items:

  • Safely returning students to school:
    • Continue monitoring and cleaning protocols implemented during pandemic
    • Hire an additional custodian
    • Scheduling of students to limit possibility of quarantine, including use of cohorts
    • Address the need for monitor screening
    • Work with Rensselaer County DOH and Questar III BOCES to implement on-site testing, including the purchase of testing equipment and supplies
  • Addressing the mental health needs of the students:
    • Reinstitute Path Program addressing social emotional needs of students in a small group setting
    • Create Academies in Grades 7 and 8 focused on reintroducing students into the school system
    • Hire additional social worker or school counselor to assist in the Path Program as well as in the Elementary School
    • Hire teacher to administer Path Program
    • Hire additional support staff (teaching assistants or teacher aides) for primary grades, Path Program and 7-8 Academies
    • Continue work with PEAR (Partnerships in Education and Resilience) including use of the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) and increased professional development
    • Increase options for students, including clubs, before and after school programs, summer programs
  • Addressing learning loss for students:
    • Complete the 1:1 Chromebook initiative in Grades 3-12
    • Provide Chromebooks for all students in Grades UPK-2
    • Purchase curriculum software, calculators, iPads, wireless access points (WAP) and other technology to increase opportunities for students
    • Increase opportunities for students, including summer school offerings, plus before and after school programs
    • Increase professional development opportunities focused on how to address learning loss
    • Hire additional speech teacher
    • Reduce class sizes by hiring a Second Grade teacher
    • Reduce class sizes by hiring a Third Grade teacher
  • Providing enrichment opportunities for students:
    • Increase summer programming, including summer science, summer history and outdoor education programs
    • Increase before and after school opportunities for students
    • Hire business teacher
    • Hire technology teacher
    • Hire Spanish teacher
    • Purchase supplies for advanced PE activities
  • Facility repairs and improvements to improve health concerns/Upgrading HVAC:
    • Purchase new classroom furniture to increase student engagement
    • Purchase/update new playground equipment and design
    • Install a Rock Wall for PE classes and extra programming
    • To complement the current Capital Project:
      • Redesign space for new offices, increasing number of classrooms
      • Complete HVAC updates for COVID-19 compliance

The district will submit the required plans to NYSED through the grant application process. The plan will be reviewed and adjusted for the remainder of each grant period. Plans will also take into account the expiration of these funds while also addressing the needs of the students.

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