Unfinished Comprehensive Learning Plan – Prince William County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) have released a comprehensive and updated unfinished learning plan. The plan focused on acceleration, recovery and re-engagement to provide comprehensive academic, socio-emotional and mental support in schools.
This plan highlights the division’s efforts to measure the impacts of COVID-19, school closures and maintain virtual education for PWCS students. This plan meets the needs of each student by following a formula that equitably allocates federal resources that support acceleration, recovery and re-engagement for student learning.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides additional funding for school systems to support unfinished learning efforts. PWCS is eligible for approximately $ 88 million in ARPA funding, plus $ 4.8 million in ARPA funding for Title 6B. The division had to submit an application to the Virginia Department of Education by September 1, 2021 to be eligible for these funds. This legislation also requires the Local Education Agency (LEA) to use 20% of its ARPA formula funds to address learning loss / unfinished learning. PWCS has developed a comprehensive plan that will use approximately 78% of the PWCS formula funds to address the loss of unfinished learning / learning, or nearly $ 72 million of the total amount available for PWCS.
Based on research that highlights the disparities of COVID-19 and its impact on our most vulnerable learners and student populations, PWCS has designed a resource allocation process to provide additional resources, supports and services to respond and / or exceed specific academic and social goals. emotional needs of all students, including our advanced learners. The process focuses on the groups of students who have been patchily affected by the pandemic, such as students with disabilities, English learners (EL) and economically disadvantaged students.
Beyond these investments to address unfinished learning, we have used ARPA funding to support the hiring of teachers for the summer courses, thus providing our students with study opportunities at the highest level. ‘summer. This includes Extended School Year (ESY) services for students with disabilities and targeted instruction for our students learning English. The division will also use approximately $ 11.3 million of ARPA funding for virtual programming for our virtual-only students at all levels.