Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education EANS Webinar April 21, 2021

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Memo Number
COM-21-119
Memo Date
4/19/2021
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Public School Accountability
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Federal Programs

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will provide eligible Arkansas non-public schools with EANS services and assistance under Section 312(d) EANS.

A webinar discussing “Using ClassWallet for EANS Services and Assistance” will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:00 am.  All non-public schools are encouraged to participate by joining the zoom link at https://zoom.us/j/92668669715?pwd=VkJHQ2ZVRU1nN2dyek9QQWJMcFRrUT09

The webinar will be recorded and posted on the DESE Cares Act webpage at https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/public-school-accountability/federal-programs/cares-act

Allocations:  Eligibility amounts for non-public schools are posted at  https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/fiscal-and-administrative-services/school-funding/emergency-assistance-for-non-public-schools-eans

Timeline for Funds:  Reimbursement and payment with EANS funds must be completed by September 30, 2023.

Allowable Uses of Funds: (all costs must be reasonable, necessary, and allowable)

  1. Supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities
  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  3. Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems
  4. Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases 
  5. Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
  6. Other materials, supplies or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain health and safety
  7. Expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress the virus
  8. Educational technology
  9. Redeveloping instructional plans for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss 
  10. Leasing sites or spaces to ensure social distancing
  11. Reasonable transportation costs
  12. Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss 
  13. Reimbursement for the expenses of any services or assistance described above that a non-public school incurred on or after March 13, 2020, except for:
    1. Improvements to ventilation systems (including windows), except for portable air purification systems, which may be reimbursed. 
    2. Staff training and professional development on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
    3. Developing instructional plans, including curriculum development, for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss.
    4. Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss.
    5. Any expenses reimbursed through a loan guaranteed under the PPP (15 U.S.C. 636(a)) prior to December 27, 2020. 

Planning Sheets for Eligible Non-Public Schools are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t2ZiqQcYAo8IUA0nQSlxMj3uc_MDLMXNb6ApyyU1nFM/edit?usp=sharing

Technical Assistance:  DESE will provide technical assistance to non-public schools through Commissioner's Memos, webinars, and upon request. General technical assistance will be posted on the CARES Act webpage available at https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/public-school-accountability/federal-programs/cares-act

Please send specific requests for assistance to Elizabeth.Gomez@ade.arkansas.gov or Ombudsman, Bobby Lester Bobby.Lester@ade.arkansas.gov  

 

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