STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON ANNOUNCES FUNDING RELIEF FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING, WINTER STORMS

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East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (Sacramento) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today directed the California Department of Education to work with all schools and school districts forced to close as a result of flooding and other winter storm related issues so that they may qualify for relief from the loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding.

“Creating and maintaining a safe environment for students and school staff is a top priority of the California Department of Education. Any schools forced to close as a result of the extreme winter weather we’ve seen this month may be able to recoup these important ADA funds,” Torlakson said. “I’ve directed my staff to help affected school administrators through the process of applying for waivers due to school closures. Schools in California should not suffer financially or in any other way for putting the safety of our students first in any kind of emergency.”

Approval of school closures may be requested by submitting three copies of Form J-13A (DOC). For more guidance on ADA relief, see the CDE’s Management Advisory 90-01 on ADA Credit During Periods of Emergency.