Nevada LEA Reopening Plans and ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plans


Overview

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act awarded over $1 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding for education to Nevada. Information on funding allocations to local education agencies (LEAs, referring to the 17 county school district and the State Public Charter School Authority) can be found on the K-12 Federal Relief Funding webpage  

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance regarding the requirements of state education agencies and LEAs stemming from the ARP Act. LEAs receiving allocations through ARP (in Nevada, all except Eureka County School District), were required to develop and post to their websites two plans: Plan for a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services and ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plans. Descriptions of the plan requirements as well as links to LEAs’ plans are included below.  

Plans for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA that receives ARP ESSER funds to develop and make publicly available on the LEA's website, not later than 30 days after receiving ARP ESSER funds (in Nevada, no later than July 14, 2021), a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools, including those that have already returned to in-person instruction. 

  • Section 2001(i)(2) of the ARP Act further requires that the LEA seek public comment on the plan and take those comments into account in the development of the plan.
  • Section 2001(i)(3) of the ARP Act states that an LEA that developed a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services prior to the date of enactment of the ARP Act will be deemed to have met the requirement to develop a plan under section 2001(i)(1) as long as the plan meets the statutory requirements (i.e., is publicly available on the LEA's website and was developed after the LEA sought and took into account public comment).  

On April 19, 2021, Governor Sisolak issued Declaration of Emergency Directive 044 requiring the Superintendent of Public Instruction to update the requirements and provide written guidance to LEAs regarding reopening plans and plans for Path Forward Programs of Distance Education for the 2021-22 school year. In accordance with Nevada Department of Education Guidance Memo #21-02, LEA approaches to Path Forward Programs of Distance Education were required to be incorporated into the federally required LEA Plans for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services.  

Plans for ARP ESSER Use of Funds

The federally established minimum requirements for the ARP ESSER Use of Funds plans ensure that LEAs are using ARP ESSER funds for their intended purposes, including: 

  • Whether and how they will use the funds specifically for COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies,
  • How the funds will be used to address the academic impact of interrupted learning through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, consistent with the requirement in section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act that each LEA reserve at least 20 percent of its ARP ESSER funds for that purpose, and
  • How the LEA will ensure that those interventions respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LEA must submit its ARP ESSER plan no later than 90 days after receiving its ARP ESSER allocation (in Nevada, no later than September 10, 2021).  

In addition, Use of Funds plans must be: 

  • In an understandable and uniform format;
  • To the extent practicable, written in a language that parents can understand or, if it is not practicable to provide written translations to a parent with limited English proficiency, be orally translated for such parent;
  • Upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent; and
  • Be made publicly available on the LEA's website. 

    Nevada Local Education Agency Plans

     

    LEA

    Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

    ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan

    Carson City School District

    Reopening Plan (CC)

    Use of Funds Plan (CC)

    Churchill County School District

    Reopening Plan (Churchill)

    Use of Funds Plan  (Churchill)

    Clark County School District

    Reopening Plan (Clark)

    Use of Funds Plan (Clark)

    Douglas County School District

    Reopening Plan (Douglas)

    Use of Funds Plan (Douglas)

    Elko County School District

    Reopening Plan (Elko)

    Use of Funds Plan (Elko)

    Esmeralda County School District

    Reopening Plan (Esmeralda)

    Use of Funds Plan (Esmeralda)

    Eureka County School District

    Reopening Plan (Eureka)

    Not eligible for funds

    Humboldt County School District

    Reopening Plan (Humboldt)

    Use of Funds Plan (Humboldt)

    Lander County School District

    Reopening Plan (Lander)

    Not published to website

    Lincoln County School District

    Reopening Plan (Lincoln)

    Use of Funds Plan (Lincoln)

    Lyon County School District

    Reopening Plan (Lyon)

    Use of Funds Plan  (Lyon)

    Mineral County School District

    Reopening Plan (Mineral)

    Use of Funds Plan  (Mineral)

    Nye County School District

    Reopening Plan (Nye)

    Use of Funds Plan (Nye)

    Pershing County School District

    Reopening Plan (Pershing)

    Use of Funds Plan (Pershing)

    State Public Charter School Authority

    School Specific Reopening Plans

    Use of Funds Plan (School Specific)

    Storey County School District

    Reopening Plan (Storey)

    Not published to website

    Washoe County School District

    Reopening Plan (Washoe)

    Use of Funds Plan (Washoe)

    White Pine County School District

    Reopening Plan (White Pine)

    Use of Funds Plan (White Pine)