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Call for School Facilities Presenters, Vendors, and Participants California STEM Symposium October 9-11 2016, Anaheim Convention Center

The Annual California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Symposium External link opens in new window or tab. is hosted by the California Dedicated to Education Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Education. School facilities professionals and educators are encouraged to present new, modernized, or modified STEM school facilities and learning environments. We are seeking engaging, quality presentations to share school designs that enhance one or more STEM topics, including but not limited to, technology integration and infrastructure upgrades, career technical education schools, and partnerships with schools and districts that have designed or modified facilities to support STEM learning. Presenters must submit proposals online no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

For more information, please contact Molly Stitt, Education Program Consultant.

California Transportation Commission Active Transportation Program Cycle 3 Call for Projects

On March 16, 2016 the California Transportation Commission (CTC) External link opens in new window or tab. approved the Cycle 3 CTC Active Transportation Program (ATP) Guidelines. The Cycle 3 Call for Projects is scheduled for April 15, 2016 through June 15, 2016. The cycle includes 19/20 and 20/21 state funding years totaling approximately $240 million.

The CTC will be conducting an ATP application webinar External link opens in new window or tab. on Wednesday, April 27. This webinar will assist applicants in navigating and completing the ATP Cycle 3 application, and to discuss key elements of the guidance document. Attendance is capped at 800 participants.

The Great California ShakeOut

Schools and districts are encouraged to participate in the Great California ShakeOut on October 20, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab. (drills can be held on another day if necessary). The ShakeOut is designed to provide a sense of urgency about earthquakes and to encourage people, organizations, schools, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn how to enhance existing plans. Participation in this year's ShakeOut will meet your school or district earthquake drill requirements.

California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program

California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) announces the 2016 California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program External link opens in new window or tab.. This competitive grant program will provide funds for new youth soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball recreation opportunities in heavily populated, low-income urban areas with a high youth crime and unemployment rate. Local agencies, recreation districts, school districts, and community-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants

CalRecycle's tire grant programs External link opens in new window or tab. are designed to encourage activities that promote reducing the number of waste tires going to landfills for disposal and eliminating the stockpiling of waste tires. Activities include tire pile cleanup and enforcement, market development and demonstration projects. Revenue for the grants is generated from a tire fee on each new tire sold in California.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Smart School Siting Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released The Smart School Siting Tool External link opens in new window or tab. to help communities make school siting decisions in a more coordinated and comprehensive way. Communities can use the tool to align school site selection with planning policies and capital investments, understand how well school siting and other community planning processes are coordinated, and compare school siting alternatives. The tool includes a user guide, which provides background on the links between school siting and community impacts and describes how to use the tool, and two Excel workbooks that users can download and fill out.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Guide for Healthier School Renovations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new booklet entitled Sensible Guide to Healthier School Renovations External link opens in new window or tab. that will help schools around the country keep school environments healthy while cleaning up contaminants such as asbestos, mold, mercury, lead, and radon that are associated with renovations. This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff, and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards and ways to minimize children's exposures as they prepare for and undergo renovations.

Assembly Bill 496 - Funding for Fresh Drinking Water

Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 496: Pupil Nutrition Funding for Drinking Water External link opens in new window or tab., which requires the California of Education to identify available sources for funding to fund water quality and infrastructure projects for local educational agencies.

School Attendance Boundary Survey 2015-16

The National Center for Education Statistics' biennial data collection for the School Attendance Boundary Survey (SBAS) External link opens in new window or tab. is open from November 2, 2015 through May 15, 2016. This collection relates to individual school attendance areas, not district boundaries. Participation materials were mailed to district superintendents in October.

California's Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

The report of Superintendent Torlakson's Environmental Literacy Task Force, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment, was released on September 15, 2015. Included are recommendations on learning environments [see recommendations 6(n.) and 6(q.) in particular].

Drought Response Best Practices/Resources

The California Department of Education, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division has developed Best Practices and Resources that include strategies that school district can consider to reduce their water usage. The list is not exhaustive and each district should evaluate a strategy based on the district's climate, existing conditions, and water reduction efforts already completed.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 12, 2016

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