The purpose of the Federal Programs Team is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
Federal Programs account for approximately $1,000,000 in Federal funding and include the following grants and programs:
Title I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged: Mustang Public Schools has five elementary sites that qualify for Title I services. Services include additional educational opportunities to qualifying students in the areas of math and reading. There are currently twelve teachers and five paraprofessionals who provide these additional services. Funding from this grant pays for teacher and paraprofessional salaries, materials, supplies, required professional development and parental involvement opportunities.
Title III - English Language Learners: This grant provides services to bilingual students who qualify for English Language (EL) supports. The goal is to ensure that these students master English and are prepared to meet the same rigorous standards for academic achievement as other students are expected to meet. All district sites receive EL services. Currently there are six elementary teachers and three secondary teachers serving students. Funding from this grant pays for materials, supplies, testing and required parental involvement and professional development opportunities.
Title IV - Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants: The purpose of this grant is to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of the States local educational agencies, schools, and local communities. Each will provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology in order to increase the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Title VI - Indian Education: Mustang Public Schools provides a Native American Education Advisor to support qualifying Native American students in the district. Funding from this grant pays for student materials and supplies, test fees, after school tutoring, and the salary of the program advisor.
Carl Perkins: This federal grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technology is used to supplement the District’s ten career tech programs which include Agricultural Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing, Business and Information Technology, and Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Funding from this grant is used to pay for technology, materials and supplies, and professional development opportunities for teachers in these programs.
USE OF FUNDS PLAN & AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
The federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides coronavirus stimulus relief for public schools. Mustang Public Schools is committed to the Safe Return and Continuity of Services as we enter the 2021-2022 school year and plan to utilize the funds available through ARP. The funds available require 20% to be used to address student learning loss, with all other funds being eligible for any activity authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in addition to activities to help with the response to COVID-19.
Mustang Public Schools has developed the district Learning Plan, which addresses the Safe Return and Continuity of Services expectations. With the assistance of stakeholders, a plan is in place to provide appropriate in-school opportunities for all students. As we examine the district needs, we have areas to address with the funds provided through the American Rescue Plan. The following information includes the district Use of Funds plan.
Part 1: Strategies for Prevention and Mitigation of COVID-19
The 2020-21 school year provided data to support the need for in-person learning at our schools. Students learn and perform at a higher level when they have a structured learning environment with a teacher in a face-to-face setting. While we understand the pandemic could cause continued disruption of services, prevention and mitigation strategies are critical for the continuity of services.
Use of ARP funds may include the integration of services to assist in prevention and mitigation strategies. We plan to purchase devices to provide students learning options in the event of quarantine or school site closure. Implementation of our Learning Management Systems, Canvas and SeeSaw, allow students to continue learning content if they are away from the school site. Teachers provide lesson information and content in the Learning Management System and can provide learning opportunities. The district will continue the successful cleaning and mitigation practices put in place last school year. Plant Operation will also be addressed as it relates to COVID-19 mitigation. We ensure buildings are cleaned and sanitized to limit student exposure to COVID-19; these cleaning and mitigation practices provide a safe learning environment.
Part 2: Strategies for Addressing Learning Loss
The district will reserve 20% of allocated funds under section 2001(c)(1) of the ARP Act to add interventions to address the academic impact of lost instructional time with the implementation of evidence-based interventions. The chance to provide interventions provides a unique opportunity, and we look forward to providing additional supports to our students needing resources for success. We have plans to utilize our ARP funds to implement interventions that will reach students with academic deficiencies. These interventions will be supplemental to our comprehensive learning opportunities provided in the school day by certified instructors. We will continually monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and work to ensure all students in need of intervention receive needed resources.
Part 3: Other ARP Expenditures
The use of ARP funds, beyond the 20% dedicated to learning loss, will include items mentioned previously in Part I to address prevention and mitigation of COVID-19. Additional expenditures will contribute to activities authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Expenses may include staffing to ensure opening and maintaining safe schools, technology infrastructure to ensure any distant learning opportunities are successful, expenditures related to plant management/operation, the purchase of property/building to expand opportunities for secondary students, the construction of classroom space for elementary students, provision of quality mental health supports, and expenditures related to the district’s desire to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
Part 4: Ensuring Most Vulnerable Populations, Unique Needs Are Addressed
Mustang Public Schools will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to interventions implemented under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act, address the academic impact of lost instructional time. The activities will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care and migratory students.
The interventions will be provided to all students and particularly our students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Those disproportionately impacted include students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students. Our district is committed to providing needed support and resources for our students that have the greatest need. A braided funding stream will allow the district to maximize services to vulnerable populations.
Mustang Public Schools is excited about the opportunity to utilize the American Rescue Plan funding. Our students will benefit from the resources and interventions made available with this program. Through the difficulties of the pandemic, we know our students will need additional supports to be successful. Addressing learning loss is desired, and addressing social, emotional health is critical for student progress.
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) Act was signed into law. In it, the U.S. Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). This legislation will award grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) for providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
This plan describes how the LEA or district will provide the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools, including those that have already returned to in-person instruction as per the law.
A district’s plan must include how it will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other school and LEA staff, and the extent to which it has adopted policies or practices and a description of any such policies or practices, on each of the CDC's safety recommendations including: universal and correct wearing of masks; modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding); hand washing and respiratory etiquette; cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation; contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the state, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments; diagnostic and screening testing; efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible; appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies or practices; and coordination with state and local health officials.
For more information about any of these programs or if you would like to serve on a parent committee or as an advisory member for any of the programs listed, please contact the Office of Federal Programs at 405-376-7815 or the principal at your child’s school.
FEDERAL PROGRAMS COMPLAINTS
The district receives federal funds and has established a complaint process to help ensure compliance with federal grant requirements. Any student, parent, community member or employee who believes the district has violated any regulation connected with the expenditure of federal funds should notify the district using the process outlined in Board of Education Policy 2007, which governs complaints.
Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. To report fraud, waste, abuse, misuse or mismanagement of U.S. Department of Education (ED) program funds (this could include complaints concerning employees, fund recipients, educational institutions, contractors, collection agencies, or lending institutions), please use the online Hotline Complaint Form (see below).
If you prefer, you may contact the Inspector General's Hotline by:
- Calling the OIG Hotline's toll-free number 1-800-MIS-USED. Hotline Operators take calls during the hours of Monday and Wednesday 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Eastern Time; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Eastern Time except for holidays.
- Downloading a hard copy of the Hotline Complaint Form <https://ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/oighotline.pdf>, and completing, mailing or faxing to:
Your report may be made anonymously or in confidence. No classified information should be submitted to the Hotline. If your complaint involves classified information, please submit your contact information to the Hotline (via phone or complaint form) and request that you be contacted to make separate arrangements so we can receive your complaint.
Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1500
Fax: (202) 245-7047