Portales Municipal School District
American Recovery Act (ESSER III) Survey

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), or the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III), will provide $7.7 million to Portales Municipal Schools.  These funds are required to be used by September, 2024.  

The District is required to spend a minimum of 20% of these funds to address lost instructional time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This can be accomplished through summer school, after-school programs, evidence based interventions, and/or tutoring, additional personnel in classrooms, smaller class sizes, etc.  The remaining funds will be used to plan and prepare for any future school closures, assisting students and families with internet connectivity, improving indoor air quality in schools, cleaning, supporting the social-emotional needs of students and staff, and recovering costs and expenses created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The New Mexico Public Education Department has established the following priorities: 1) Accelerated instruction, 2) Closing the digital divide, 3) Supporting social and emotional needs, 4) Supporting the unique needs of students with disabilities and at-risk students, 5) Providing personal protective equipment, 6) Improving indoor air quality. 

Portales Municipal Schools is seeking input from stakeholders across the community and school district as a plan is developed.  Your feedback is valuable and important to help with the development of the plan. 

In order to develop the plan, your participation with the attached survey will be greatly appreciated and helpful.  There will also be two open meetings to discuss suggestions for the plan and to provide the District’s vision moving forward with these funds over the next three years.  Results from the survey will be provided during the meetings. The meetings will be held at the Portales Junior High School Cafeteria on August 2nd at 1:00 p.m. and August 3rd at 6:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend one or both of these meetings.  

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* 1. Please type in your e-mail address.

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* 2. Select your stakeholder category?  Select all that apply.

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* 3. Do you have sufficient internet access in your home to allow each school-age child to complete internet-based homework assignments and/or to participate in online video classes simultaneously?

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* 4. Does every school-age child in your home have access to their own connected device to sufficiently participate in remote learning and/or complete homework all at the same time?

The following items relate to what you believe are the highest priority needs (academic, social, emotional, mental health, equipment, professional development, etc) for the 2021-2022 school year related to the impact of COVID-19.

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* 5. Accelerated learning during the school day so students gain grade level skills.

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* 6. Social, Emotional, and Mental Health support for all students because of the COVID-19 crisis.

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* 7. Interventions, evidence-based practices and instruction to support underserved, students with disabilities, and at-risk student populations.

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* 8. Programs to retain and recruit high-quality teachers.

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* 9. Healthy environment following CDC Guidelines (masks, social distancing, extra spacing between desks, hallways, and cafeterias.)

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* 10. Internet for families without service.

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* 11. Professional development for staff regarding accelerated learning, social and emotional needs, evidence-based tutoring practices to accomplish accelerated learning.

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* 12. After-school instructional programs.

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* 13. Summer school instructional programs.

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* 14. Elementary School:  What subject do you feel your child struggles with the most?  If you are a teacher, what subject did your students struggle with the most?

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* 15. Junior High School:  What subject do you feel your child struggles with the most?  If you are a teacher, what subject did your students struggle with the most?

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* 16. High School: What subject do you feel your child struggles with the most? If you are a teacher, what subject did your students struggle with the most?

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