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Information regarding instructional time requirements.

Instructional Time and Attendance Accounting

2020–21 School Year

FAQs about the Principal Apportionment, Instructional Time, Attendance Accounting, Attendance Reporting and the Form J-13A.

LEA Alternatives for Tracking Daily Participation and Weekly Engagement for Distance Learning (DOCX)
This guide provides information on the various options available to LEAs to meet the distance learning record keeping requirements as an alternative to the CDE Template.

California Department of Education's (CDE) Combined Daily Participation and Weekly Engagement Template (PDF)
A combined daily and weekly engagement template that local educational agencies (LEAs) can adapt for their use, or use as a reference when developing their own daily participation and weekly engagement forms and procedures.

Instructional Time and Attendance Accounting Requirements for 2020–21 Presentation (PDF)

The School Fiscal Services Division hosted a webinar on August 24 and 27, 2020 to provide guidance on instructional time and attendance accounting changes in fiscal year 2020–21 pursuant to Senate Bill 98 (Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020). Since this webinar, there have been some changes in statute and in our guidance. For the most up-to-date information, please reference our FAQs and user guides above.

All Other School Years

Instructional Time Requirements (Updated 01-Aug-2020)
Instructional Time Requirements (XLSX)
Not applicable to the 2020–21 school year, see above for 2020–21 requirements

Form J-13A

Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions

Instructional Time Penalty

Auditor Calculation of Instructional Time Penalty

Waiver of Instructional Time Penalty

Estimating the Cost of an Audit Finding


Improving Student Nutrition and Academic Achievement through School Breakfast Programs (Dated 21-Sep-2011)

Instructional Minutes and Breakfast in the Classroom (Dated 01-Jul-2010)

Fiscal Management Advisory 86-06 (PDF)

Electronic Attendance Accounting (Dated 03-Aug-2009)

Attendance Accounting for On-line Classes (Dated 24-Apr-2001)

Kindergarten Management Advisory 90-10 (PDF; Dated 01-Sep-1990)

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