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October 2017 Statewide Wildfires

Hundreds of thousands of students, families, and school communities have been impacted by the California wildfires. There may be federal education funding that can assist with some of the expenses LEAs have incurred as they work quickly to reopen schools, such as substitute teachers and renting vans to transport students from temporary housing to school. Please join the California Department of Education-hosted webinar this Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about this funding opportunity and other critical facilities and emergency response resources. Please e-mail or call 916-319-0650 to register for the Webinar.

The October 2017 Statewide Wildfires are an ongoing emergency with far-reaching impacts on schools, students, educators, and entire communities. Please visit the October 2017 Statewide Wildfires Web page for a compilation of resources to assist local educational agencies in emergency response and recovery efforts. The Web page California Wildfires Statewide Recovery Resources External link opens in new window or tab. from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) includes a Schools FAQ: Reopening Schools After Wildfires External link opens in new window or tab., developed jointly by CDE and Cal OES.

Proposition 51 CTE Facilities Program

A new Career Technical Education Facilities Program funding cycle to construct/modernize CTE facilities as well as purchase equipment is NOW available. Applications are now being accepted through November 29th. A webinar overviewing the CTE Facilities Program application will happen on October 12th. Check out the CTE Facilities Program webpage for more information.

State Agency Workshops: School Planning, Design, and Funding Updates with Focused Assistance for Small School Districts

The California Department of Education (CDE), the Division of the State Architect (DSA), and the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) are conducting free workshops across the state to provide information on school planning, design, and the availability of state funding to help Local Educational Agencies address their facility needs. These funds are from the recently passed Proposition 51. There will also be an opportunity for small school districts to directly address concerns and receive assistance.

Topics include the following:

  • Master planning and educational specifications
  • The process and requirements for each agency
  • Grant Agreements
  • Application processes moving forward
  • Career Technical Educational Facilities Filing Rounds

Each workshop will include a presentation by the agencies, a question & answer session, and breakout opportunities for school districts with more unique circumstances. For workshop dates and locations please visit the workshop flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

California STEAM Symposium 2017: December 10-11 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco

The Symposium is becoming the STEAM Symposium this year, and the thematic strands External link opens in new window or tab. reflect the importance of braiding together science, technology, engineering, and math with art and design thinking.

The strand, “Supporting STEM/STEAM through 21st Century Learning Environments” offers a unique opportunity for school facilities and education professionals to present new, modernized, or modified STEM/ STEAM school facilities and learning environments. Prospective presenters may consider sharing school designs and practical ideas that enhance one or more STEM/STEAM topics, as well as partnerships with schools and districts that have designed or modified facilities to support STEM and STEAM learning. Presenters can submit proposals now and until Friday, June 16, 2017.

For more information please visit California STEAM Symposium External link opens in new window or tab. web page.

Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success, A Report from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

More than 40 years of scientific research has led to many insights about how the indoor environment influences student health, well-being, and productivity. School building conditions such as ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort, lighting and views, and acoustics and noise play an important role in a student’s ability to focus, process new information, and feel engaged at school. This report examines when and how these various building conditions affect a student and pays special attention to articulating the nuanced effects these parameters have on how our students feel, think, and perform. The full report can be found at the Schools for Health Web Site External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Title 5 School Siting and Design Standards Review

The California Department of Education (CDE), School Facilities and Transportation Services Division, is reviewing the school siting and design standards contained in California Code of Regulations, Title 5 14001 et seq. To inform the update, CDE hosted several stakeholder meetings over the past three months in venues across the state to solicit informal input. The CDE had set February 28, 2017 as the target date for interested parties to submit informal comments.

Due to numerous requests for additional opportunities to provide input, CDE has set new date of April 28, 2017 to receive informal input. Note that proposed amendments have not been drafted and that the April 28, 2017 date is for stakeholders to submit concepts or suggestions for CDE to consider in the drafting of any regulation changes.

Listening Sessions

Upcoming listening sessions in which input can be provided to CDE are scheduled for:

Date Time Location
March 22, 2017 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Mills College Stern 101, (Lucie) Stern (Hall) is building #29
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613

Please register through the Eventbrite Web site for Oakland External link opens in new window or tab.

March 28, 2017 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Sacramento County Board Chambers
700 H Street, Suite 1450, Sacramento CA, 95814

Please register through the Eventbrite Web site for Sacramento External link opens in new window or tab.

April 4, 2017 9:00 to 12:00 PM

City of Fresno Council Chamber
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Please register through the Eventbrite Web site for Fresno External link opens in new window or tab.

April 6, 2017 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Rooms Lemon, Lime, and Orange
4210 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside CA 92505

Please register through the Eventbrite Web site for Riverside External link opens in new window or tab.

Title 5 Flyer (DOC) for the above sessions.

The CDE will review all of the received input as part of its development of any proposed regulatory amendments. Once any proposed regulations are submitted to the State Board of Education—now planned to take place in the late summer or early fall of 2017—the public process prescribed in the Administrative Procedures Act will provide an opportunity for public comment on the proposed amendments.

The current Title 5 regulations are available at Title 5, California Code of Regulations. An audio archive of the October 4, 2016 stakeholder presentation is available at Title 5 Webinar. This presentation provides a brief background on the Title 5 standards and the major concepts expressed previously by stakeholders.

Please periodically check the “What’s new page” or follow the Division on Twitter External link opens in new window or tab. for updates. Comments may also be submitted at: or via US Mail.

For questions, contact Fred Yeager at

Clean Water for Schools Program

For more information, please see the Waterboards Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants

CalRecycle's tire grant programs External link opens in new window or tab. are designed to encourage activities that promote reducing the number of waste tires going to landfills for disposal and eliminating the stockpiling of waste tires. Activities include tire pile cleanup and enforcement, market development and demonstration projects. Revenue for the grants is generated from a tire fee on each new tire sold in California.

Questions:   Fred Yeager | | 916-327-7148
Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 2, 2017
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