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Release: #11-66
September 9, 2011
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Relief Is Available for School Districts Shut Down by Southern California Power Outage

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that school districts may qualify for relief from loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding because of the massive power outage yesterday in Southern California.

"The power outage forced many school districts in Southern California to shut down to protect the safety of students and school employees," Torlakson said. "School districts should not be punished financially for closing schools to address this emergency. That's why I'm directing my staff to work with school districts to help them through the process of receiving full Average Daily Attendance funding."

ADA is technically defined as the total days of student attendance divided by the total days of instruction. The California Department of Education uses a school district's ADA to determine some of its funding.

School districts may file a Form J-13A with the California Department of Education to claim ADA and instructional time credit for days on which schools are forced to close, or days when schools are open but attendance is reduced, because of emergency conditions. For guidance, school districts may refer to the California Department of Education's Website at Management Advisory 90-01 - Attendance. To download a copy of the Form J-13A, please visit Form J-13A (DOC).

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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