Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan

Use of Funds

The COVID-19 Global Pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the education of children across the United States. Starting in March 2020, school districts across Illinois were directed to close their doors to in-person instruction and quickly were forced to launch a program of full remote instruction for students. This radically different mode of teaching and learning caused a major disruption to the learning of all students, exposed myriad systemic challenges and inequities in the operation of public schools during a public health crisis, and required a fundamental redesign of the learning environment.

After starting the 2020-2021 school year in fully remote instruction, Bronzeville Academy Charter School (BACS) began its return to in-person instruction with a hybrid model starting in February 2021. A wave of uncontrolled community spread of COVID-19 resulted in prolonged remote learning for all students. The district returned to the in-person hybrid on February 23rd.

Leveraging federal funds from both the CARES Act signed into law in March 2020 and the COVID stimulus bill signed into law in December 2020, BACS secured supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), purchased cleaning and sanitizing equipment and supplies, offered expanded remote learning programming during the summer of 2020, and deployed additional school-based staff, including expanded health office staff and student supervisors, with the goal and intention of returning students to classrooms in as safe and healthy a manner as possible.

During the winter of 2021, BACS continued use of federal funds to provide for additional needed PPE, acquire additional classroom air filtration equipment, implement a weekly COVID testing program using National Clinical Labs, and acquire additional single student desks and tables to maximize social distancing ability. 

BACS has worked steadily throughout the winter, spring, and summer of 2021 to promote and assist faculty and staff to receive available vaccinations and as of July 2022 over 75% of district staff were fully vaccinated. BACS continues to encourage all staff who are able to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

With the promise of increased rates of public vaccination and the hope for effective management of the virus and reduction of community spread, there continue to be several unknowns as we look to the coming school year (21-22SY):

  • What kind of mitigation strategies will continue to be required (social distancing, mask use, student cohorting, etc.)?
  • Will vaccines be authorized for school-age children? 
  • Will a remote learning option continue to be required by the Illinois State Board of Education?

Unknowns notwithstanding, BACS is planning for a 2021-2022 school year with full in-person learning for all students and with a return to as normal of a daily learning environment as possible. As a school, we are viewing the 2021-2022 school year as a transition from management of the pandemic to learning recovery through intensive focus on identifying and addressing learning loss, providing social-emotional support to students and families, implementing significant changes and improvements to district curriculum and programming, BACS Learning Recovery Plan and implementing effective learning interventions to support accelerated skill mastery, growth, and academic achievement.

Our learning recovery plan is forward-thinking and focuses on each student, the quality of their learning, and their outcomes. This means not slowing down or looking back at lost ‘seat time’ stolen by a global pandemic but rather stepping on the gas and removing barriers so each student can achieve their full potential.

Learning Recovery Road Map

Giving students targeted support to take on grade-level work right away — a research-based strategy called “learning acceleration” — is crucial to helping our students at every grade level catch up. To make this happen we’ve developed a road map to navigate learning recovery and acceleration.

Our road map relies on knowing our students by name, strength, and need so we can develop personalized supports that build on individual strengths and improve areas of challenge. There are four key steps on the map.

Identifying Academic Needs

Spring 2021

Summer 2021



Approaches to Address Academic Gap Filling

Spring 2021

Summer 2021



Approaches to Identify Social & Emotional Needs 

Spring 2021

Teacher referrals will be reviewed to look at students who need to have some additional social emotional supports. Review students who are failing courses that have not failed in the past to determine what change is occurring and support these students as needed.

1. Leverage student performance data (NWEA, IAR, KIDS)

2. Provide high-quality instruction and grade-level assignments

3. Ensure all students feel welcome and know they belong

- Calm Classroom (daily)
- 7 Mind Sets (weekly)
- Second Step (weekly)

4. Focus on mental health, community connections and resources

5. Access to tutoring services

- School based in-person academic support programs will be rolled out after students have completed NWEA BOY Assessments.
- Tutoring voucher program for students will be available to parents starting the month of August. 
- Bussing students to off-site neighboring tutoring sites. (Kumon, Sylvan, and/or Huntington)
- After-school and Saturday school tutoring.