The ESSER III - American Rescue Plan (ARP) statute requires that school districts develop and make publicly available plans for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. A summary of the Baird ISD plan follows.
Effective Date of Plan
This plan is effective as of August 1, 2021
Prior to the beginning of each semester, the district will review the plan in consultation with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local governments. If revisions are required, public input will be solicited and the plan will be revised, with the new version of the plan posted to the district web site.
Baird ISD will offer in-person instruction for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Remote instruction will not be offered.
Reducing Risk of Exposure to Health Hazards
Systems and Procedures
- The district, in accordance with directives from the Texas Governor, has suspended mandatory mask requirements. For this school year, masks are optional for both students and staff. The district recommends masks for large indoor events.
- Buses and classrooms will continue to be sanitized daily.
- Visitors will be allowed on campus this year but must schedule visits though the campus office.
- Food deliveries to the campuses will be suspended.
- Hand sanitizers are available throughout campus facilities.
- The district has installed ionic filters on all air conditioning equipment in the district to mitigate the spread of viruses and other airborne contaminants.
- The district has installed modified water fountains that allow students and staff to fill personal water bottles.
Meeting Student Academic Needs
- The district has added an in-day tutorial period to address student learning loss over the past two years.
- To better identify learning gaps in mathematics and reading, as well as customize learning interventions to individual students, the district has invested in an adaptive testing program (STAR 360).
- The district has invested in new tools to enhance student engagement and provide targeted, skills-based practice in math and reading (Boardworks and Freckle).
- The district has implemented an after-school enrichment program at the elementary campus.
- The high school campus has expanded dual-credit offerings. Students at Baird HS can now become core-complete by their high school graduations date, with all tuition costs paid by the district.
- The high school has added a dual-credit welding certification program.
Meeting Student Emotional Needs
- The district has added an administrative position to take on duties formerly performed by the school counselor, allowing more time for student emotional counseling.
- The district has implemented programs to address the following mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse concerns: mental health promotion and early intervention; building skills to manage emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and engage in responsible decision-making; substance abuse prevention and intervention; suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention (interventions after a suicide in a community); grief, trauma, and trauma-informed care; positive behavior interventions and supports; positive youth development; and safe, supportive, and positive school climates.