August 25, 2014
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Assistance for Schools Closed Due to Earthquake
SACRAMENTO—Schools closed because of the earthquake in Napa over the weekend will still receive full state funding, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
"Our thoughts and our prayers are with the people in Napa as they deal with the aftermath of the weekend’s earthquake," Torlakson said. "While the California Department of Education has not received any reports of deaths, injuries, or serious damage on school property, I want to assure local educational agencies that they will not lose funding if their facilities are closed or used as emergency shelters during this disaster."
Local educational agencies 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.
Local educational agencies 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 (DOC).
For more guidance on ADA credit, visit the California Department of Education’s Management Advisory 90-01 - Attendance Web page.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100