CCS PTOs are partnering to raise district-wide funds rather than for individual schools because we are stronger together, and working together is the best way to build equity for all of our children. This rapid response fund is committed to equity by meeting the individual needs of every learner, every day, everyone. This fund supports effective teaching in a virtual environment and allows equal opportunity for each student and teacher to productively utilize the district’s mandatory nine-week virtual-learning plan.
Funding will be divided and allocated quickly to PTOs at all seven elementary schools, Buford Middle, Charlottesville High, and Lugo-McGinness Academy. Distribution percentages will be based on each school’s population numbers who are on free and reduced lunch.
The use of the funds will then be determined by individual school level committees comprised of a PTO representative, teacher, administrator, and an equity committee representative. Such expenditures could include the following:
Home technology and learning aids, such as Comcast’s $10-per-month essential internet plan, headphones, privacy dividers
Supplies and resources that support teachers in setting up engaging virtual classrooms
Physical materials requested by teachers for younger and special needs learners
Fees associated with Virtual Learning Centers, such as at YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club
Support for community partner Learning Labs, such as at City of Promise and Abundant Life
Supplemental food to address food insecurity
Supplies and resources that support student’s learning and socio-emotional health
Katie Kling, Director of Advancement at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, said her organization is pleased to provide administrative support for this effort. “It’s critical that all students in the district have access to high-quality learning experiences,” she said, “especially in light of the plan to start the year online. This fund will help make sure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.”