Use of Funds Plan
Lake Dallas ISD engaged with stakeholders to determine the needs of the district caused by the pandemic, including sending direct communication to staff, parents, and students to gather input; conducting surveys to district-level staff, campus-level staff, parents, students, and community groups; consulting with our school board; and reviewing the documented comprehensive needs assessment considering the pandemic to determine needs. Using this information, LDISD determined the following priorities: needs focused on the largest number of students, needs to be focused on identified student groups, and instructional continuity needs.
To address learning loss among LEA students, including low-income students, SWD, English learners, racial & ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care the district plans to administer and use high-quality assessments which will enable us to determine specific learning gaps for individual students in order to prepare individualized learning plans to address those gaps. In addition, we will implement evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students. Reading academies will provide teachers with evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students in reading where we see the most learning loss. The bilingual interventionist and dyslexia/RTI professional will provide teachers and students evidence-based activities to mitigate learning loss.
To provide mental health services and supports, including implementation of evidence-based full-service community schools, we will utilize behavior coaches, who will assist the campuses with the implementation of behavioral supports and a campus-wide social and emotional learning program to better meet the needs of students as they adjust to returning to school. In addition, they will work with teachers to help them more easily identify a student with emotional needs at the earliest stages and provide appropriate support.
Funds will also be used to plan and implement activities related to summer learning, including providing classroom instruction during summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, SWD, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, & children in foster care. Summer school programs will be planned and designed to meet the individual learning gaps of students.
See details of the ESSER III Funds Plan in the Board presentations below: