• Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools Safe at School Plan for ESSER ARP INCLUDING LOCAL USE OF FUNDS COVID-19 Recovery Plan


    Pursuant to Federal American Rescue Plan Act, Section 2001(i)

    Introduction and Background

    In March 2021 President Biden signed the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, Public Law 117-2, into law. The ARP Act provides an additional $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) to states and school districts to help safely reopen, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s students. As with the previous ESSER funds available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the purpose of the additional funding is to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in preparing for and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on educators, students, and families.

    Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act requires each LEA that receives ARP ESSER funds to develop and make publicly available on the LEA’s website, no later than 30 days after receiving ARP ESSER funds, a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools (Safe Return Plan). A Safe Return Plan is required of all fund recipients, including those that have already returned to in-person instruction. Section 2001(i)(2) of the ARP Act further requires that the LEA seek public comment on the Safe Return Plan and take those comments into account in finalization of the Safe Return Plan. Under the interim final requirements published in Volume 86, No. 76 of the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), an LEA must periodically, but no less frequently than every six months through September 30, 2023, review and, as appropriate, revise its Safe Return Plan.

    Public Comment on this plan may be submitted to: info@cardington.k12.oh.us

  • Updated Quarantine and Isolation Information (January 2022)

    Ohio Department of Health Guidance for Schools

    The CDC has recently (December 2021) issued new guidelines for individuals that test positive for COVID that reduces isolation time for those that are not showing symptoms.  Our district intends on following these new guidelines in order to maximize time that students and staff can attend in person.

    We will continue to work with the Morrow County Health District and families to establish “return to school” dates for each case.  Below is a summary of the new guidelines.

    Employees and Students Who Have Tested Positive and are Asymptomatic

    Isolate at home for five days.

    Mask for five days after isolation period.

    Employees and Students Who Have Tested Positive and Have Symptoms

    Isolate at home for five days and, if symptoms resolve during that time, the employee or student can leave isolation after being symptom free for at least 24 hours.

    If the employee or student has a fever, the employee or student must remain isolated until the fever resolves without medication for 24 hours.

    Mask for five days after isolation period.

    We will continue with in-person learning in a ‘Mask Optional’ environment.  We will also continue to operate under the ‘Mask to Stay – Test to Play’ guidance that was approved by state and local health officials.

    We encourage parents to ‘symptom check’  children daily and keep them at home if they are sick.   We continue to welcome and encourage students and staff to wear a mask, promote social distancing, and hand washing.