American Rescue Plan ESSER Funds Required Language
Lindbergh Schools will receive a one-time allocation of COVID-relief money from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. To receive funds allocated under the ARP, school districts must publish information on their website that addresses mitigation and prevention strategies, continuity of services during interruptions to in-person learning, and periodic review and revision of the district’s plan.
It should be noted that Lindbergh Schools successfully oﬀered both in-person and virtual learning for the entire 2020-21 school year, with about 5,061 students opting for in-person instruction in August and 2,076 opting for virtual instruction.
Mitigation and Prevention Strategies
Lindbergh Schools mitigation and prevention strategies include:
Universal and correct wearing of masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, based on new evidence regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant. The CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. The CDC also recommends universal masking indoors in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates. According to the CDC, this includes St. Louis County. In addition:
- All staff must wear a face covering while indoors at school.
- All students in grades K-12 must wear a face covering while indoors at school.
- Face coverings do not need to be worn outside.
- Face coverings are required on the school bus.
- Face coverings are not required to be worn during periods of physical exertion.
Social distancing of at least 6 feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is recognized that this cannot be accomplished at all times, and distancing of at least 3 feet has been shown to reduce infections. While children are unlikely to exhibit serious symptoms from COVID-19, social distancing helps prevent the spread to adults—especially those who may be at high risk. Lindbergh Schools will promote social distancing to the best of our ability through mapping of learning spaces, visual indicators on floors and in hallways, physical barriers (plexiglass shields) where necessary, and reminders to students from teachers and staff.
Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
Custodial staﬀ follow a daily cleaning protocol in all classrooms and school buildings, including frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including handrails, doorknobs, sinks and water fountains.
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Teachers and staff will encourage hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer upon entering a building, before eating, after eating, after restroom usage, before any group activities and before boarding school buses. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, and in common areas throughout each building.
Contact tracing, isolation and quarantine
All known positive cases of COVID-19 among Lindbergh Schools students and staﬀ are reported to the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Positive individuals are not allowed to attend school or participate in activities until released from isolation. In accordance with the health department’s current protocols, contact tracing is performed by district staﬀ. Those identiﬁed as being in close contact of a positive case are evaluated for standard quarantine, modiﬁed quarantine (if masks are worn by both parties at the time of exposure), or no quarantine (if the individual is fully vaccinated).
Diagnostic and screening testing
Lindbergh Schools refers students and staﬀ to their local health department or medical provider for COVID-19 testing.
Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff and eligible students
Lindbergh Schools, in partnership with Pharmax Pharmacies, hosted separate on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics for district staff, students ages 12 and older, and community members. Through these efforts, more than 1,650 individuals were able to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, the district used e-mail communication to distribute information about St. Louis County vaccination clinics, and those hosted by area healthcare systems.
On-site vaccination clinics included:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Lindbergh Staff
- March 30-31 and April 29
- 500 vaccinated
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Community Members
- April 15 and May 13
- 550 vaccinated
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Students Ages 12-18
- May 18-19 and June 9
- 600 vaccinated
Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities
Lindbergh Schools will continue to provide accommodations as necessary or as mandated by a student’s IEP.
Continuity of Services
The district tended to students’ social, emotional, and mental health needs during the 2020-21 school year by teaching positive coping skills and referring students to the counseling or care teams as necessary. Technology resources such as the Canvas learning management system and Zoom were utilized to provide continuity of learning during quarantines. Many teachers provided links for quarantined students to participate in classroom instruction, and students were able to access lessons and assignments via their grade-level learning management system. The district provided daily meal pick-up and delivery for virtual students and students on quarantine.
The district will periodically review and revise, if necessary, its plan, no less than every six months. The task force convened in 2020 to work on re-opening plans will reconvene as necessary to consider revisions. The task force included representatives from many stakeholder groups, including teachers, support staﬀ, principals and district leaders.
Guidance provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) states that return-to-school plans adopted as part of a public board meeting satisfy the ARP’s initial public input requirement. Lindbergh Schools successfully oﬀered both in-person and virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year. The district’s Green Light plan can be found on the district website and was presented to the Board of Education on July 14, 2020. The district continues to hear from patrons at monthly board meetings and other forums regarding face masks and other COVID mitigation measures for the 2021-22 school year.
Translations and Accessibility
The district’s Green Light plan is housed on the Lindbergh Schools website, and can be translated online using Google Translate. Lindbergh Schools is committed to making our websites accessible for visitors with disabilities. This is an ongoing process and we are continually implementing new strategies to ensure our web content is accessible for all audiences. We strive to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (Level AA). These recommendations are developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals and organizations.
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