Clearview school board discusses federal American Rescue Plan

funds meant as relief for students who had learning losses during COVID

 

The Clearview Board of Education discussed how it will implement the federal American Rescue Plan during its meeting on June 22.

The U.S Department of Education announced that each state education agency would be allocated $122 billion under the plan’s Elementary- and Secondary-School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund, intended as relief for students at K-12 schools who suffered learning losses because of COVID. 

“We will continue to do all of our appropriate cleaning as far as in the middle of periods, the lunch cafeterias, doorknobs, and spraying,” said Superintendent John Horchak in an email sent to the state. “All that stuff that we did, we will continue to do.”

Horchak also explained that masks would continue to be optional for staff, students, and visitors during the 2021-2022 school year. The district also will keep masks on-site in case any student or staff member would like to purchase one. 

“We will certainly keep an eye on the department of health updates and respond accordingly,” Horchak noted. 

In other meeting news, it was announced that elementary schools in Harrison Township,  along with Clearview Middle school, will receive a class three officer in each of their buildings. A class three officer is a state law enforcement member who has retired within the last three years. Municipalities can hire the officers as part of a police force, without offering them health benefits.

“That is a benefit to schools now, because schools will get a trained certified police officer who is under the direction of a local police department,” said Horchak. 

The Clearview Middle School school resource officer will move up to Clearview Regional High School. The municipality would only pay two-thirds of the original cost for the officers. 

The next board of education meeting will be held on July 22, at 7 p.m., in the conference room of the administration building.