CARES Act Funding for Non-Public Schools 

On June 12, 2020, the State of Florida provided guidance to Local Education Agencies (LEA) on Reopening Florida’s Schools and the CARES Act. The Florida Department of Education's (FLDOE)  full plan can be accessed on the their website. The plan focuses on the recovery efforts since the inception of COVID-19 on March 13, 2020 and how to prepare our schools and programs to reopen safely and ready for success. It also focuses on eliminating student achievement gaps, which have likely been exacerbated by this crisis.
 
In our efforts to meaningfully consult with our local not for profit non-public schools that are eligible to receive equitable services through CARES Act funds, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has developed a survey for non-public schools to complete and held a virtual meeting for non-public schools on June 22, 2020. 
 
 
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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) K-12 Fund 

Application Process
  1. Plan on an allocation of approximately $250 per student (subject to change based on confirmation of final enrollment numbers). 

  2. Complete the ESSER School Plan Form.

  3. Complete the ESSER Budget Form.

  4. Include proof of school not for profit status.

  5. Complete Affirmation of Consultation Form and include with submission.

  6. Email compiled documents to mcervantes@dadeschools.net with subject "ESSER Funds - Name of School".

 

DEADLINE: All requests for equitable services under ESSER and GEER Summer Recovery must be submitted to M-DCPS no later than Friday, July 10, 2020. (UPDATED)

A local educational agency (M-DCPS) that receives funds under this Act may use the funds for any of 12 purposes listed below:
  1. Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 or Subtitle VII-B of The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
  2. Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies with state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.
  3. Providing principals and others school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
  4. Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.
  5. Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies.
  6. Training and professional development for staff of the local educational agency on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
  7. Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.
  8. Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including how to provide meals to eligible students, how to provide technology for online learning to all students, how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under IDEA and how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all federal, state, and local requirements.
  9. Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
  10. Providing mental health services and supports.
  11. Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental after school programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness and children in foster care.
  12. Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ existing staff of the local educational agency.
 
 
Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) 
The purpose of this fund is to provide emergency support to local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other education-related entities most impacted by the coronavirus or that the Governor deems essential for carrying out emergency educational services to students.
 
 
Summer Recovery Services (Provided under GEER)
Application Process
  1. Plan on an allocation of approximately $25 per student (subject to change based on confirmation of final enrollment numbers).

  2. Complete the GEER School Plan Form.

  3. Complete the GEER Budget Form.

  4. Include proof of school not for profit status.

  5. Complete Affirmation of Consultation Form and include with submission.

  6. Email compiled documents to mcervantes@dadeschools.net with subject "GEER Summer Recovery Funds - Name of School".

DEADLINE: All requests for equitable services under ESSER and GEER Summer Recovery must be submitted to M-DCPS no later than Friday, July 10, 2020. (UPDATED)
Districts and schools would be required to priority target students with significant academic needs (on a trajectory for a level 1 or 2), and therefore requiring greater intervention, for 4-6 weeks of face-to-face learning on school campuses from July to August.
Grades K-3 students for 2019-2020 (1-4 for 2020-2021) identified with a substantial deficiency in reading based on most recent available screening and progress monitoring assessment or other forms of assessment and teacher recommendations; K-3 students who may be at risk of retention, and any third grade student with a substantial deficiency in reading must be prioritized.
 
Grades 4-5 students who were level 1 or 2 on their most recent FSA and are served in the lowest 300 performing or D and F schools across the state will also be eligible for summer program options to enhance literacy skills in reading and math.
 
Rising kindergartners identified with limited language and emergent literacy skills as determined by the VPK assessments and teacher recommendations would also be served using an aligned strategy, with funding for this option coming from OEL allotted CARES Act Funds.
 
When direct face-to-face services for the above Grades K-5 at-risk students are established, funds leftover may be used for direct in person or blended instruction for students Grades K-12.
 
Districts and schools participating in these summer program options must commit portions of their funding from the K-12 Fund to ensure teacher effectiveness and qualifications; incentivize student attendance, including transportation and food; communications with staff and parents, mentoring and paraprofessional use; pre- and progress monitoring assessment selection and data sharing; instructional time and content; and connection with students’ families.
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5. Must an LEA or another public agency maintain control of CARES Act funds used to provide equitable services?

Yes. Control of funds for services and assistance provided to non-public school students and teachers under the CARES Act programs, and title to materials, equipment and property purchased with such funds, must be in a public agency, and a public agency must administer such funds, materials, equipment, and property. In other words, no funds may go directly to a non-public school. In addition, services for non-public school students and teachers must be provided by a public agency directly or through contract with another public or private entity. (Section 18005(b) of the CARES Act).

From USDOE FAQs on PROVIDING EQUITABLE SERVICES TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNDER THE CARES ACT PROGRAMS