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Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students

Information the Emergency Impact Aid program grant related to the wildfires and related events of 2018-19.

2018-19 Funding Source

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

Program Description

Under the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students (Emergency Impact Aid) program, ED will award grants to eligible state educational agencies (SEA) on the basis of quarterly counts of displaced students. SEAs will then provide payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist with the cost of educating students who were displaced by a covered disaster or emergency during the 2018-19 school year and who were enrolled in public schools (including charter schools), nonpublic schools, and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. States apply for grants based on the data that they collect from LEAs and BIE-funded schools that have provided educational services for displaced students. The LEAs and BIE schools must submit their initial applications to the California Department of Education (CDE).

The CDE will submit displaced student enrollment data for all for quarters of the 2018-19 school year, which may include estimated data for the fourth quarter. ED will use the enrollment data that are included in the initial and final CDE applications and make payments under the Emergency Impact Aid program. Reimbursement to LEAs for services provided to displaced students may be paid up to the following amounts:

  • $10,000 for each displaced student who is a child with a disability
  • $9,000 for each displaced student who is an English learner
  • $8,500 for each displaced student who is not reported as a child with a disability or as an English learner

Payments may be ratably reduced if there are not enough funds to pay the full amounts. In addition, the total amount of a payment on behalf of a displaced student enrolled in a nonpublic school may not exceed the lesser of the above per pupil amounts or the cost of tuition and fees (and transportation expenses, if any) at the nonpublic school for the 2018-19 school year.

If parents have submitted applications on behalf of displaced students who are attending eligible nonpublic schools, LEAs will make payments to accounts at the nonpublic schools on behalf of those students. The remainder of the funds LEAs receive will be used to provide educational services for displaced students attending their public schools. Payments received must be used for expenses for the 2018-19 school year only.

Projected Allocation

The total projected allocation for all U.S. states and territories is $165 million for two separate programs: (1) the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (Restart) program; and (2) the Emergency Impact Aid program. ED will determine the amount to allocate to the respective programs based on information provided by state educational agencies in applications for the Restart and Emergency Impact Aid programs.

This web page will be updated upon receipt of a grant award notification from ED.

Eligible Recipients

LEAs (local school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools), non-public schools/private schools, and Bureau of Indian Education schools.

Definition of Displaced Student

The term "displaced student'' means a student who enrolled in an elementary school or secondary school (other than the school that the student was enrolled in, or was eligible to be enrolled in, on the date that is one week prior to the date that the major disaster or emergency was declared for the area) because such student resides or resided on the date that is one week prior to the date that the major disaster or emergency was declared for the area, in an area for which a major disaster or emergency declared by the President in accordance with section 401 or 501, respectively, of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170), related to a covered disaster or emergency.

Application Process

On behalf of impacted LEAs, non-public/private schools, and BIE schools, CDE will be applying for a EIA program grant from ED. Interested LEAs, private/non-public schools, and BIE schools should refer to the links below for the initial application materials.

EIA Application for Public LEAs (PDF)

EIA Application for Non-Public (Private) Schools (PDF)

EIA Application for Parent/Guardian of Displaced Students in Non-Public (Private) Schools (PDF)

EIA Application for Bureau of Indian Education (PDF)

Resources

U.S. Department of Education Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students Program External link opens in new window or tab.
U.S. Department of Education Disaster Information Web page External link opens in new window or tab.
Emergency Impact Aid Statute

Questions:   Emergency Services Team | EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0327
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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