Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (ARP Act)


Entity ID

89380

CTDS

100811000

LEA NAME

Pima County JTED


How the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Universal and correct wearing of masks

Students, staff, and visitors on Pima JTED sites are recommended to properly wear masks, especially in cases of exposure or COVID recovery. There are certain instances where-by wearing a mask is a prerequisite for physical safety in a Career and Technical Education setting. For example, during lab work in a Welding program, students are required to wear a face shield to protect from eye and other damage if they desire to participate in the hands-on experience. Face masks are available for students, staff and guests at each campus.

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

Students are encouraged to wash hands regularly as well as utilize the numerous hand sanitizing stations positioned throughout JTED facilities. In addition, there are certain instances where-by handwashing and respiratory etiquette is appropriate for career and technical education. For example, during lab work in a Nursing Services program, students are required to practice handwashing techniques as described in CTE standards.  Students/staff who are showing signs of respiratory illness are encouraged to stay home.

Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments

Work with Pima County Health Department for contact tracing. Isolation of sick and COVID positive students. COVID positive cases are encouraged to quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Diagnostic and screening testing

Testing is only required if students/staff/faculty are looking to adjust the re-entry after quarantine. A Daily Health screener is used by JTED staff.

Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation

Procure custodial services for daily sanitization. Hire and retain custodial and facilities staff to support cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation (i.e. changing filters). JTED will also purchase and install advanced HVAC systems and filters.

Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)

Maintain social distancing to the extent practicable in the classroom and lab. Purchase and support social distancing initiatives that help students distance during passing and lunch. Multiple JTED, County and CDC poster reminders are found throughout campuses.

Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities

JTED looks to provide access to several vaccination clinics for faculty/staff/students and communities.

Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies

Medical and religious exemptions are considered in accordance with the law.

Coordination with State and local health officials

Consistent communication with Pima County Health Department and local school districts.


How the LEA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services


How the LEA will Ensure Continuity of Services?

Below is a list of practices that will ensure Pima JTED continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address student’s academic needs and students’ and staff social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services:

  • Contracting with professional services to provide resources and professional development in the area of social, emotional, mental health, academic and other needs to staff and students.
  • Purchase supplies, equipment and services to support the academic needs in an educational environment that can provide learning experiences in multiple modalities. 
  • Contracting counselors during off contract periods during the school year and summer and weekends as needed.
  • Provide multiple pathways to solicit feedback from all stakeholders (i.e. surveys, committees, one-on-one meetings, etc.).
  • Purchase advanced sanitization services and supplies.
  • Contract with security vendors to ensure students and staff are protected from community spread.
  • Off incentives to staff to mitigate turnover and lapse of educational opportunity.
  • Purchase supplies, equipment and purchased services that will promote virtual/remote learning.
  • Pima JTED will track individual student performance and engagement with our instructional system.
  • Pima JTED will be able to compare student performance data at the individual level.
  • Pima JTED Student Services will log engagement activities with students to include: engagement type and outcome.
  • Staff will use a Daily Health Screener for both prevention and contact tracing.

Consistent communication to parents and students via multiple media (i.e. in-person, email, phone, etc.)

Student Needs

Academic Needs

  • Purchase supplies, equipment and services to support the academic needs in an educational environment that can provide learning experiences in multiple modalities. 
  • Investments in hardware and software to further empower information technology capacity in the district.
  • Provide individualized educational program during the summer months to increase learning opportunities for vulnerable populations of students. These expenditures could be in salary/benefits as well as supplies, equipment, dues/fees, and professional services.
  • Explore teaching modalities that are appropriate for the learning of all students to include software and hardware to better connect students to learning opportunities.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

  • Contracting counselors during off contract periods during the school year and summer and weekends as needed.
  • Contracting with professional services to provide resources and professional development in the area of social, emotional, mental health, academic and other needs to staff and students.

Other Needs (which may include student health and food services)

  • Provide multiple pathways to solicit feedback from all stakeholders (i.e. committees, one-on-one meetings, etc.).
  • Initiatives to reduce student to teacher ratios (i.e. lab assistants, skills trainers)

Staff Needs

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

  • Contracting counselors during off contract periods during the school year and summer and weekends as needed.
  • Contracting with professional services to provide resources and professional development in the area of social, emotional, mental health, academic and other needs to staff and students.

The LEA must regularly, but no less frequently than every six months (taking into consideration the timing of significant changes to CDC guidance on reopening schools), review and, as appropriate, revise its plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services through September 30, 2023

Date of Revision – 7/25/22

Public Input

Describe the process used to seek public input, and how that input was taken into account in the revision of the plan:

Pima JTED posted the plan to its website (pimajted.org) and sent the plan to all stakeholders via multiple modalities to include: direct email, public meetings, and other communication from faculty/staff. The district asked for meaningful feedback from these stakeholders via electronic survey. The data was then taken and developed into a report that was used to modify the plan.

Public Input Survey


U.S. Department of Education Interim Final Rule (IFR)


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

  • An LEA must describe in its plan under section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services—
    • How it will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC:
      1. Universal and correct wearing of masks.
      2. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)
      3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
      4. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.
      5. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.
      6. Diagnostic and screening testing.
      7. Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.
      8. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
      9. Coordination with State and local health officials.
    • How it will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services.
  • During the period of the ARP ESSER award established in section Start Printed Page 212022001(a) of the ARP Act, an LEA must regularly, but no less frequently than every six months (taking into consideration the timing of significant changes to CDC guidance on reopening schools), review and, as appropriate, revise its plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.
    • In determining whether revisions are necessary, and in making any revisions, the LEA must seek public input and take such input into account
    • If at the time the LEA revises its plan the CDC has updated its guidance on reopening schools, the revised plan must address the extent to which the LEA has adopted policies, and describe any such policies, for each of the updated safety recommendations.
  • If an LEA developed a plan prior to enactment of the ARP Act that meets the statutory requirements of section 2001(i)(1) and (2) of the ARP Act but does not address all the requirements in paragraph (a), the LEA must, pursuant to paragraph (b), revise and post its plan no later than six months after receiving its ARP ESSER funds to meet the requirements in paragraph (a).
  • An LEA’s plan under section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services 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; an
    • Upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA, provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent