The following notices provide relevant information to the public regarding the services provided by the MRH School District. If you have questions about these notices, please feel free to contact the communications office.
ESSER III Information
Community Survey on Use of Funds
Data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning across the nation, state and in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School district.
The MRH School District is asking stakeholders to engage in the process to help determine how it should potentially spend additional federal dollars to address unfinished learning and COVID-19 recovery.
The American Rescue Plan signed into law in March by President Biden included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country, which is the single largest federal investment in elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. MRH has applied to receive some of that additional funding.
See the MRH School District Return to Learning and Continuity of Services Plans which were created on the basis of parent, staff and student surveys conducted in the spring of the 2021-2022 school year and which will continue to be updated as needed based on the latest recommendations.
In order to support MRH planning all stakeholders are invited to take this survey. Your feedback is needed by August 15th.
All parents, district employees, students and community members are encouraged to complete this survey to help the district determine what to prioritize with the potential ESSER funds. School districts are limited in what they can use ESSER funds to support.
ESSER III Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the ARP ESSER III funds?
The purpose of ESSER in general is to award sub-grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) such as MRH Schools to address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.
How much funding is available to Missouri LEAs?
A total of $ 1,748,710,778 is available to the state.
What is the funding period for ARP ESSER III grants?
Funds may be used for allowable activities from March 13, 2020 (with approved pre-award) through Sept. 30, 2023.
What are the federal requirements around the LEA ESSER III Use of Funds Plan?
The LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds.
How often will the plan be reviewed?
Modifications to this plan will be made in a timely and reasonable manner when necessary. The plan must be reviewed and revised if needed at least every six months in accordance with Federal Guidelines. Updates may be provided to the community via letters, email, social media and public Board of Education meetings throughout the school year.
Are there recommended uses of ESSER III funds that will assist LEAs in addressing the impact of the COVID pandemic and disruptions leading to learning loss?
While keeping in mind the purpose and requirements under ESSER III related to accelerating student learning, DESE strongly encourages school systems to plan for how to use these one-time federal funds expeditiously over the entire covered period to facilitate a more comprehensive long-term approach to learning acceleration. This may include aligned strategies that are currently part of a district’s current plans and strategies. A review of data and local learning acceleration plans revealed the following trends and suggestions, including but not limited to:
- Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy training (K-6), Mathemathics training (K-8), high-quality instructional materials, dyslexia training, professional development stipends, ESL Materials and resources, Intervention support materials, technology integration training, and benchmark assessment tools;
- Extended Instructional Time: extended day, extended year, high-dosage tutoring, summer learning;
- Staffing: tutors, reduced class sizes, small group instruction, teaching assistant in-class intervention, staff retention and recruitment incentive pay, after school enrichment programs, instructional coaching and leadership;
- Facilities: ventilation, cleaning, HVAC systems, specialized instructional spaces;
- Technology: devices, infrastructure upgrades, learning management systems, digital tools, educational application;
- Mental Health and Behavioral Supports: social workers, at-risk coordinators, additional counseling services, teacher training and programming, wrap-around and community partnerships.
What are some of the allowable uses of the ARP ESSER III funds?
ESSER funds are designated to be used in any or all of 15 buckets, which include addressing learning loss, providing professional development, improving indoor air quality, providing social and emotional supports, updating and providing technology, and others.
Will the state provide replacement funds for ESSER after 2023?
Since the large influx of ESSER funding into LEAs can result in funding deficits when it ends, the LEA must plan for how to effectively and efficiently use the ESSER funds. It is recommended to use the ESSER grant funds for one-time or short-term expenditures to address the identified needs caused by the pandemic. Although long-term uses of the ESSER funds are also allowable, these types of uses may cause the LEA to not have funding to continue these activities after the ESSER period of availability ends, thus creating fiscal deficits.
The LEA must provide its plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds in an understandable and uniform format. A language translator is currently present on the district website to which the plan is posted. If there is a language not available on the list, the school district will make every effort to have the content of the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan translated into an understandable language for families wishing to access the content.
The LEA’s plan for the uses of ARP ESSER III funds will be posted to the LEA’s website within 30 days of receiving its ESSER III Notice of Grant Award.
- Complaint Resolution Procedure For No Child Left Behind Programs
- Highly Qualified Staff: Parents Right to Know
- Public Notice: for Special Education
- Program for Students in Foster Care
- Migrant Education and English Language Learning Program
- Interactive Projector RFP
- Trauma Informed Resources: MO Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Complaint Resolution Procedure For No Child Left Behind Programs
This complaint resolution procedure applies to all programs administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). A complaint is a formal allegation that a specific federal or state law or regulation has been violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by school district personnel or by Department of Education personnel.
Any parent or guardian, surrogate parent, teacher, administrator, school board member, or other person directly involved with an activity, program, or project operated under the general supervision of the Department may file a complaint. Such a complaint must be in writing and signed; it will provide specific details of the situation and indicate the law or regulation that is allegedly being violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted.
The written, signed complaint must be filed and the resolution pursued in accordance with MRH District Policy KL. Complaints are best resolved by addressing them at the level where the concern originated through communication with appropriate staff members. A complaint may be appealed by addressing the issue to the Board of Education by submitting a request to the superintendent or the secretary of the Board. If the issue cannot be resolved at the local level, the complainant may file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Education. If there is not evidence that the parties have attempted in good faith to resolve the complaint at the local level, the Department may require the parties to do so and may provide technical assistance to facilitate such resolution.
Any persons directly affected by the actions of the Department may file a similarly written complaint if they believe state or federal laws or regulations have been violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by the Department itself.
Anyone wishing more information about this procedure or how complaints are resolved may contact local district or Department personnel.
Highly Qualified Staff: Parents Right to Know
Parents of each student attending a school receiving Title I funds may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teacher. If a parent would like such information, a written request must be submitted to the building principal where the teacher is assigned. MRH schools that receive Title I funds are MRH Early Childhood Center and MRH Elementary School.
Public Notice: Special Education
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The Special School District of St. Louis County in partnership with the Component Districts assures that a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided to all students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include: autism; deaf/blindness; emotional disorders; hearing impairment and deafness; mental retardation; multiple disabilities; orthopedic impairment; other health impairments; specific learning disabilities; speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury; visual impairment/blindness; and young child with a developmental delay as identified in accordance with 162.675 (2) (3) RSMo and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Special School District in partnership with the Component Districts assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri’s First Steps Program.
The Special School District in partnership with the Component Districts assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the District to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Special School District of St. Louis County has developed a Local Compliance Plan for implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This Plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This Plan is available for public review during regular school hours on days school is in session in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
Local school districts in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth to age twenty-one (21) who reside in the District. This census must be compiled by December 1 each year. This information is treated as confidential and must include: name of the child; parent/legal guardian’s name/address; birth date and age of the child; the child’s disability; and the services provided to the child. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending public school, please contact your local school district or the Special School District of St. Louis County.
MRH Title programs
Program for Homeless Sudents: McKinney Vento Student Rights
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth.
If your family lives
- in a shelter
- in a motel or campround due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
- in a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
- doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act.
Your McKinney-Vento eligible children have the right to
- receive a free, appropriate public education.
- enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents
- normally required for enrollment.
- enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that school is determined to be in your child's educational best interest.
- receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
- receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs.
Program for Students in Foster Care
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that, among other things, outlines the enrollment and educational stability rights for children and youth in foster care.
- A child in foster care remains in his or her school of origin, unless it is determined that remaining in the school of origin is not in that child's best interest.
- If it is not in the child's best interest to stay in his or her school of origin, the child is immediately enrolled in the new school even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment.
- That the new enrolling school immediately contacts the school of orgin to obtain relevant academic or other records.
Please contact our Director of Student Services, Vince Estrada, if you have any questions about services to support the educational stability and rights of students in foster care. He can be reached at 314-565-7441 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mandates that school districts publicly post each year a list of high demand/critical need occupations. That list can be viewed here.
Migrant Eduacation and English Language Learning Program
The Missouri Migrant Education Program assists school districts in improving the education of farm workers’ children who have had their schooling interrupted. Federal legislation emphasizes helping migratory children meet the same high standards expected of all students. This is accomplished by coordinating and supporting services that help migratory children make progress in school.
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For additional information contact Rebecca Kagarice at (314) 446-1718.