The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is posting this memo as a reminder to LEAs that the American Rescue Plan (ARP) requires LEAs to update the LEA Plan for Continuity of Services (Ready for Learning) every six months. Please include the date the plan was reviewed/updated before reposting on the district website.
Part A: LEA Plan for Continuity of Services, ARP Section 2001(i)(1)
- The LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan. Specifically, the LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with students, families, school and district administrators (including SPED administrators, teachers and other educators, principals and other school leaders, school staff, unions (if applicable), tribes, civil rights organizations (including disability organizations) and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students. Districts are responsible for archiving documentation of meaningful consultation.
- During the period of the ARP ESSER award established in Section 2001 (a) of the ARP Act, an LEA must regularly, but no less frequently than every six (6) months, review and as appropriate, revise its plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of service. The LEA Plan for Continuity of Services should describe how the district will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the safety recommendations established by the CDC including masks, physical distancing, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, cleaning and maintaining health facilities, contract tracing, diagnostic and screening test, vaccinations, appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies, and coordination with state and local health officials.
DESE released end-of-year COVID-19 Guidance for Schools (COM-21-108) and requested LEAs post their LEA Plan for Continuity of Services (summary for end-of-year on-campus activities and continuity of instruction through the summer, including athletics, and fall back-to school events) on their district website by April 15, 2021, request public comment and take such comments into account in the development/modification of the plan for summer and back-to-school activities.
DESE is providing this memo as a reminder to review public comments, take such comments into account, and update the LEA Plan for Continuity of Services for the 2021-2022 school year by October 15, 2021. DESE will monitor district websites for easy access to the LEA Plan for Continuity of Services and the request for public comment throughout the life of the ARP ESSER award.