2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan and ESSR Funds

2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan and ESSR Funds

Dear West Perry School District Students and Parents/Caregivers,

For the West Perry School District (WPSD) to receive the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds, we are required to resubmit a new Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-22 school year.  The United States Department of Education (USDE) has outlined specific requirements for the plan and, therefore, the West Perry School District’s plan will be different than the one we submitted for the 2020-21 school year.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) issued guidelines to assist in developing our revised Health and Safety Plan.  In addition to PDE’s Guidebook, they have created a Health and Safety Plan template for schools to use and satisfy the ARP ESSER requirements.

Specifically, some of the required components of the Health and Safety Plan are:

  1. How WPSD will, to the greatest extent practicable, support prevention and mitigation policies in line with the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention for the reopening and operation of school facilities to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning;

  2. How the WPSD will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address the students’ academic needs, and students’ and staff members’ social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services;

  3. How the WPSD 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 policy on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC:

    1. Universal and correct wearing of masks;

    2. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing;

    3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette;

    4. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation;

    5. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State and local health departments;

    6. Diagnostic and screening testing;

    7. Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities;

    8. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies; and

    9. Coordination with state and local health officials.

The new and revised draft of the WPSD 2021/2022 Health and Safety Plan will be on the July 19, 2021, School Board of Director’s Agenda for approval and must be sent to PDE by July 30, 2021.  As part of this whole process, WPSD is soliciting and considering public comment on both the expenditures for the ARP ESSER funds and the revised Health and Safety Plan. If you have concerns, questions, or comments regarding any part of the ARP ESSER or the Health and Safety Plan, please contact WPSD Superintendent Mr. David M. Zula at (717) 789-3934.

Thank you,

David M. Zula

Superintendent of Schools