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The Red Wing School Board met fully in-person Sept. 7 -- a first since spring 2020 -- to discuss mask requirements for student athletes and ESSER III funding.

Here is what you need to know:

Face coverings

The board has made two alterations to the approved face coverings policy. 

  • Students actively engaged in sports, plays and band, for example, will not need to wear a mask indoors. (Those waiting on the bench or in the wings must wear masks.)

  • Spectators now are required to wear them when in school buildings.

Many other districts that Red Wing students play against are not requiring masks and the board wishes to match them.

ESSER III funding

The district was granted $2,105,628.79 from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding. Of that, 20% or $421,125.76 had to be reserved for learning recovery.

A needs assessment with community input was conducted in July that included conversations with the Jones Family Foundation, city of Red Wing, Goodhue County, Hispanic Outreach, Youth Outreach and Parents have the Power.

The following needs were identified:

  • Belonging/equitable/welcoming‌ ‌community‌ ‌and ‌school‌ ‌community‌ ‌ 

  • 21st‌ ‌century‌ ‌skills‌/post-secondary‌ ‌prepared‌‌ ‌  

  • Affinity‌ ‌group‌ ‌conversations‌ ‌(Multicultural/Blended‌ ‌Affinity‌ ‌Group)‌ ‌

  • Community‌ ‌recovery‌

    • Mental‌ ‌health‌ ‌ 

  • Stories‌ ‌of‌ ‌people’s‌ ‌lived‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌ 

    • Young‌ ‌alumni‌ ‌--- ‌What‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌wish‌ ‌you‌ ‌learned?‌‌ ‌ 

    • Parent‌ ‌voices‌ ‌--- ‌What‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌your‌ ‌kids‌ ‌to‌ ‌learn?‌ ‌What‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌need?‌

      • How‌ ‌to‌ ‌share‌ ‌concerns‌ ‌and ‌needs‌ ‌ 

      • How‌ ‌can‌ ‌I‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌advocate?‌‌ ‌  

    • Youth‌ ‌voices‌ ‌--  ‌What‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌learn?‌ ‌What‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌need?‌ ‌

      • How‌ ‌can‌ ‌I‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌advocate?‌‌

  • Safe‌ ‌space‌ ‌for‌ ‌kids‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌community‌ ‌--- perhaps a ‌Teen‌ ‌Center‌ ‌3-8‌ ‌p.m.

  • Neighborhood‌ ‌events‌ ‌that‌ ‌make‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌feel‌ ‌included‌ -- child‌ ‌care‌ ‌during‌ ‌some events‌ ‌ 

  • Curriculum:‌ ‌Hands‌-‌on‌, experiential‌/‌Excel‌ ‌kit‌ ‌hit‌ ‌home,‌ ‌climate‌‌ ‌  

  • Celebration‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌cultures‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌students‌ ‌and ‌cultural‌ ‌awareness‌‌ ‌  

  • Student‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌of‌ ‌color‌ ‌ 

  • Reality‌ ‌of‌ ‌affordable‌ ‌housing‌ ‌ 

  • Translation‌ ‌issues‌

After listening to community input, Jackie Paradis, district business manager, created the following proposed spending plan to allocate for non-learning recovery funds.

ESSER III spending plan:

  • 5Rivers Online: $350,000 for 2021-2022 and $300,000 for 2022-2023

  • Hotspot service: $27,000 for 2021-2022 and $27,000 for 2022-2023

  • Amplify science curriculum: $25,000 for 2021-2022 and $30,000 for 2022-2023

  • Coaching - Dr. Hollie: $35,000 for 2021-2022

  • Culturally relevant texts K-12: $215,000 for 2021-2022

  • STEM curriculum: $50,000 for 2021-2022

  • Sanitation supplies: $50,000 for 2021-2022

  • Communications manager: $85,500 for 2021-2022 and $88,920 for 2022-2023

  • Tech integration: $65,293 for 2021-2022 and $67,904.72 for 2022-2023

  • Floater custodian: $45,000 for 2021-2022

  • Extra 20 days for three staff members: $17,500 for 2021-2022

  • Extra hours meridian: $30,000 for 2021-2022

  • Add mental health to Well@Work Clinic, 20 hours per week: $50,000 for 2021-2022

  • RWHS cafeteria cameras: $38,400 for 2021-2022

  • Additional elementary teacher for neighborhood schools: $85,000 for 2021-2022

(1) comment

Robert Crouse

Very little of this has to do with students receiving a basic education.

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