OSPI has allocated $8.1 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ESSER funds) through the CARES Act to provide grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to work in partnership with schools and school districts to support reopening efforts in the 2020-21 school year.
The grants will be provided both to large statewide CBOs with regional networks and to smaller, local CBOs who serve specific local needs and populations. The CBO grants will be focused on expanded learning and integrated student supports to address student and family needs. The grants can also be used to strengthen language and disability access for families and students.
Expanded Learning & Integrated Student Supports
Throughout the different reopening models, community-based organizations are in a unique position to support school districts by provided expanded learning opportunities and integrated student supports that complement student learning, address identified needs, and provide wraparound services to students and their families.
Expanded Learning Opportunities
Expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) are educational activities offered to students before or after school, during school, during intersession breaks, and during summer.
- ELOs include educational supports for blocks of asynchronous (students working on independent learning) and synchronous (students working in real time with an educator) learning time.
- Such opportunities can build skills through hands-on, experiential learning, and expand upon and compliment traditional learning that happens during the school day.
- More information about ELOCs can be found in the 2018 ELOC Guide.
Integrated Student Supports
Integrated student supports (ISS) are a school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success through an integrated system that addresses academic, social-emotional, physical, and mental health and non-academic needs of the student. ISS can also focus on identifying and providing supportive factors for a family such as basic needs, economic supports, childcare, and other community supports.
- Includes student support frameworks such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RTI), School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF), and other tiered systems of support that address one or more domains of learning and development.
- More information about ISS can be found in the 2017 Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol.