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American Rescue Plan – ESSER III

In March 2020, all our lives changed significantly when we experienced an unprecedented world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 forced schools to rethink how to educate our children safely. Our number one priority has always been for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. Since March of 2020, Justice Public School has provided regular meals, internet access for distance and virtual learning, student and staff devices, improved cleaning protocols, personal protective equipment, in person instruction and distance learning. The Justice Faculty and Staff responded admirably for the sake of our students and families throughout the 2020-2021 school year (FY21).

Justice Public School District will be required to have two plans as a condition to receive the American Rescue Plan- Elementary and Secondary Relief Fund (ARP-ESSER III). The first plan is called the Safe Return to Learn Plan. The second plan is the ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan. Each plan has various requirements with some overlap of requirements found in both plans. The Safe Return to Learn Plan will be posted on the district website by June 22, 2021 and the ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan will be posted on the website by August 19, 2021.

The Justice School Safe Return to Learn Plan has three parts: Health and Wellness, Academics and Development, and Continuing Review and Input. Each section will be addressed in the plan separately for clarity and ease of revision as necessary. In the ARP Act, each LEA receiving ESSER funds is required to develop and make publicly available a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services on its website. Justice School District shared the original Return to Learn Plan for FY21 with parents, students, staff and stakeholders several times last year as a guide for decision making throughout the year. As the conditions and circumstances changed, the plan evolved to include the current modifications. The new Safe Return to Learn Plan and the ARP ESSER Plan will do much the same with the addition of how dollars are proposed to be spent.



The requirements for the ARP ESSER III Plan outline the use of the ARP ESSER III funds. The requirements of this plan must include the following:

  • The extent to which and how the funds will be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent CDC guidance and executive orders from the governor on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning;
  • How the District will use the 20% of funds reserved to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, afterschool programs, or extended school year.
  • How the District will spend its remaining ARP ESSER III funds;
  • How the District will ensure that interventions will address the academic impact of lost instructional time, 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.

Justice Public School will continue communicating the new plans for FY22-24 via the District website In addition to the Safe Return to Learn Plan, the District must also develop a required ARP ESSER III Plan. Each plan must describe how the District will ensure a continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students and staff members’ social, emotional, mental health and other  needs, which may include student health and food services.


Johnson O’Malley Program

The Justice Public School Johnson O’Malley (JOM) program is managed directly through the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma JOM Office in partnership with the Justice JOM Committee.

The Johnson-O'Malley Program is a federally funded program authorized by the Johnson-O'Malley Act of 1934. This Act authorizes contracts for the education of eligible Indian students enrolled in public schools and previously private schools. JOM is a local program is operated under an educational plan, approved by the Bureau of Indian Education, and contains educational objectives to address the needs of the eligible American Indian and Alaska Native students. Johnson-O’Malley funds under this program may not be used for capital expenditures or individual expenditures such as clothing, computers or other personal items.

Johnson O’Malley requires eligible American Indian and Alaska Native students to be at least one of the following:

An enrolled citizen of a federally recognized tribe


A one-fourth or higher degree of Indian blood descendant of a citizen of a federally recognized Indian tribal government and eligible for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In addition, eligibility requires the children to be between age 3 through grade 12, with priority given to children residing on or near an Indian reservation.

Proof of tribal citizenship and enrollment are requirements for Seminole Nation JOM services.



Federal Programs:

Justice Public School coordinates resources from several federal programs to in order to provide a strategic instructional plan for every child.

Justice Public School is a school-wide Title I school. As such, the school is able to use Title I funding to provide pre-school programs, provide intervention strategies to improve student performance in math and reading, and provide professional development for staff and many other supplemental programs supporting Title I.  We encourage all parents to be involved in their child’s education. As a parent you have the right to request information about the qualifications of our personnel.  Our goal is consistent school improvement. 

Justice Public School utilizes Title VI: Indian Education funds to help provide intervention and support strategies to improve student performance in math and reading, and provide culturally relevant assistance for student success.