School Attendance Boundary Survey 2015-16
The National Center for Education Statistics' biennial data collection for the School Attendance Boundary Survey (SBAS) 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.
Green Ribbon Application Due December 28, 2015
School and District applications for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools recognition award must be submitted online by 5:00 PM on December 28, 2015 to the California Department of Education.
- State-level awards begin at 55% achievement on the application.
- A 20-minute recorded program Webinar is posted on the California Department of Education's Web page.
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].
Healthy Schools Act Reporting
Pursuant to Senate Bill 1405 (2014), the first annual report of non-exempt pesticides used on school sites is due in January 2016 for calendar 2015 to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Districts should be keeping accurate records throughout the year.
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.
Caltrans Awards Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to Safe Routes to School Projects
Caltrans has announced the latest round of Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants , and three Safe Routes to School projects are among the winners. The cities of Compton and San Fernando, along with the Town of Apple Valley, will all prepare Safe Routes to School Master Plans. In addition, the cities of Los Angeles and Fontana won awards for active transportation planning. Many other awards will go to communities to create walking and bicycling master plans, conduct surveys and data collection and study corridors for complete streets improvements. A full list of award recipients may be found on Caltrans Web site .
State Water Board Approves $19 Million for Interim Emergency Drinking Water and Drought Related Projects
The State Water Resources Control Board approved guidelines for $19 million in funding (PDF) to help public agencies, community water systems, not-for-profit organizations and tribal governments meet emergency drinking water needs.
In an effort to distribute funds as quickly and efficiently as possible, the State Water Board will coordinate with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Division of Drinking Water, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, and stakeholders to identify communities whose water supplies have been impacted by contamination or drought, and need financial assistance to maintain a safe drinking water supply.
Division of State Architect - Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements
In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown's Executive Order B-29-15 (PDF), the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposes new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.
The proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards ("CALGreen") Code (PDF) require reduction in outdoor potable water used for new building construction, alterations and additions and related site work on a new or existing site. Specific requirements include strict irrigation regulations, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.
The California Building Standards Commission approved the proposed rulemaking on May 29, 2015 (PDF). The new requirements will apply to projects submitted to DSA on or after July 1, 2015.
Designing for the Common Core
An overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core (PPT).
Accessible version of an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.