Nevada LEA Reopening Plans and ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plans
Effective February 10, 2022, Nevada is operating underEmergency Directive 052, supported by Emergency Directive 052 Guidance. Emergency Directive 052 takes precedence overprevious 2021-2022 school year guidance and goes into effect for all Nevadaschool districts on February 11, 2022. School districts are required tosubmit plans for outbreak mitigation to their local Nevada health authority nolater than February 27, 2022.
TheAmerican Rescue Plan (ARP) Act awarded over $1 billion in Elementary andSecondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding for education to Nevada.Information on funding allocations to local education agencies (LEAs, referringto the 17 county school district and the State Public Charter School Authority)can be found on the K-12 Federal Relief Funding webpage.
TheU.S.Department of Education issued guidance regarding the requirements of stateeducation agencies and LEAs stemming from the ARP Act. LEAs receiving allocationsthrough ARP (in Nevada, all except Eureka County School District), wererequired to develop and post to their websites two plans: Plan for a SafeReturn to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services and ARP ESSER Use ofFunds Plans. Descriptions of the plan requirements as well as links to LEAs’plans are included below.
Plansfor Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
Section2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA that receives ARP ESSER funds todevelop and make publicly available on the LEA's website, not later than 30days 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 servicesfor all schools, including those that have already returned to in-personinstruction.
- Section2001(i)(2) of the ARP Act further requires that the LEA seek public comment onthe plan and take those comments into account in the development of the plan.
- Section2001(i)(3) of the ARP Act states that an LEA that developed a plan for the safereturn to in-person instruction and continuity of services prior to the date ofenactment of the ARP Act will be deemed to have met the requirement to developa plan under section 2001(i)(1) as long as the plan meets the statutoryrequirements (i.e., is publicly available on the LEA's website andwas developed after the LEA sought and took into account public comment).
On April 19, 2021, GovernorSisolak issued Declaration of Emergency Directive 044 requiring the Superintendent of Public Instruction toupdate the requirements and provide written guidance to LEAs regardingreopening plans and plans for Path Forward Programs of Distance Education forthe 2021-22 school year. In accordance with Nevada Department of Education Guidance Memo #21-02, LEA approaches to Path Forward Programs of Distance Education wererequired to be incorporated into the federally required LEA Plans for SafeReturn to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services.
Plans for ARP ESSER Useof Funds
The federally established minimum requirements for the ARP ESSER Useof Funds plans ensure that LEAs are using ARP ESSER funds for their intendedpurposes, including:
- Whether and how theywill use the funds specifically for COVID-19 prevention and mitigationstrategies,
- How the funds will beused to address the academic impact of interrupted learning through theimplementation of evidence-based interventions, consistent with the requirementin section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act that each LEA reserve at least 20 percentof its ARP ESSER funds for that purpose, and
- How the LEA willensure that those interventions respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mentalhealth needs of all students and particularly those students disproportionatelyimpacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LEA must submit its ARP ESSER plan no later than 90 days afterreceiving its ARP ESSER allocation (in Nevada, no later than September 10,2021).
Inaddition, Use of Funds plans must be:
- Inan understandable and uniform format;
- Tothe extent practicable, written in a language that parents can understand or,if it is not practicable to provide written translations to a parent withlimited English proficiency, be orally translated for such parent;
- Uponrequest by a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by theAmericans with Disabilities Act, provided in an alternative format accessibleto that parent; and
- Bemade publicly available on the LEA's website.
Nevada Local Education Agency Plans
Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan
Carson City School District
Churchill County School District
Clark County School District
Douglas County School District
Elko County School District
Esmeralda County School District
Eureka County School District
Not eligible for funds
Humboldt County School District
Lander County School District
Lincoln County School District
Lyon County School District
Mineral County School District
Nye County School District
Pershing County School District
State Public Charter School Authority
Storey County School District
Washoe County School District
White Pine County School District