December 2, 2011
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces
Assistance for Schools Closed Due to High Winds
SACRAMENTO—Schools closed because of severe wind damage throughout California will still receive state funding, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
"High winds have wreaked havoc throughout the state, but thankfully, we have not received any reports of deaths, injuries, or serious damage on school property," said Torlakson. "I want to assure school districts that they will not lose funding if their facilities are closed or used as emergency shelters during this disaster."
School districts will not lose Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding if their facilities are used as community shelters or forced to close because of a natural disaster. The California Education Code allows the State Superintendent to authorize ADA credit for the days that schools are closed.
Districts may also receive ADA credit for all purposes and instructional time credit for the days and minutes lost due to an emergency closure. ADA credit and approval of school closures may be obtained by submitting three copies of Form J-13A.
School districts may get more guidance on ADA credit through the California Department of Education Web site at Management Advisory 90-01 - Attendance. To download Form J-13A, please go to Form J-13A (DOC).
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100