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CDE Today for January 14, 2022

A streamlined weekly publication from the California Department of Education (CDE) designed to provide you with clear, consistent updates on what is important to California schools.

CDE Today, State of California Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

Welcome to CDE Today, a weekly publication from CDE Communications designed to provide you with clear, consistent updates on what is important to California schools.

Updates

Governor’s State Budget Update

Governor Newsom released his 2022–23 California State Budget proposal Monday, January 10, 2022. The finance summary documents can be found on the Department of Finance California Budget 2022-23 website External link opens in new window or tab..

This is a starting point in the negotiations between the Legislature and the Administration for the 2022–23 budget. The budget will allocate the highest K–14 education investment in California history, including $102 billion in Proposition 98 funding for K–12 schools. The $15,261 of ongoing K–12 per-pupil expenditures of Proposition 98 funds in 2022–23 is an increase of $1,285 per pupil over 2020–21 funding levels.

There is also a cost-of-living increase of 5.33 percent, an increase of $3.3 billion, for the Local Control Funding Formula—the highest since the Great Recession—to help address the impact of declining enrollment.

Many of the major investments that build on the 2021–22 budget include funding for early education, special education, educator workforce, and an Emergency Response Package. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond shared: “This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for our students, families, and educators. We must now meet those challenges and continue to transform California schools. I want to thank the Governor for the attention and focus on our students and schools in a time when we need all the resources possible to help students heal, recover, and thrive.” Find more details on the CDE news release.

CDE Releases Student Data for 2020–21 that Show Impacts of COVID-19

On Friday, January 7, the CDE released student performance data from the 2020–21 school year that provide baseline indicators of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted schools and students. Assessment scores, chronic absenteeism data, and graduation rates underscore the challenges of a year when most students accessed their education through remote learning. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said: “The statewide performance data from last year confirm what we heard from school districts and county offices throughout the year. Namely, the challenges that students and educators faced during the pandemic were multidimensional and disruptive to learning and mental health. Our goal now is to move all students forward. We are thankful for the historic investments in education, and I am putting forward a bold agenda to address long-standing inequities that have caused disproportionate learning gaps for students of color and other student groups in California with a plan to transform California schools.” Read the joint news release for information and to access links to data and interpretation resources.

Black Student Achievement Task Force

On Wednesday, State Superintendent Thurmond held a Black Student Achievement Task Force meeting, where task force members presented policy recommendations for the Superintendent’s consideration. The purpose of the meeting was for the co-chairs of the five working groups (teacher diversity, academic achievement, school-to-prison pipeline, housing/homelessness/foster youth) to report on the policy recommendations from their working groups who have met over the past two months.

School Health, Safety, and Support

Navigating Staff Shortages During the Omicron Surge

Increased Supports and Consultation Prior to School Closure Decisions

The CDE is aware that staff shortages due to COVID-19 related illness and quarantine are very real and especially prevalent for our schools during the Omicron variant surge. Here are some important recent updates and reminders:

White House Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Increases COVID-⁠19 Testing in Schools to Keep Students Safe and Schools Open

The White House issued a fact sheet on Wednesday announcing increased COVID-19 testing for schools. Details are available on the White House Briefing Room web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Support Safe, In-Person Learning at Schools Amid COVID Surge

On Tuesday, January 11, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-3-22External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), providing schools with more short-term staffing flexibility to support in-person learning by lowering state barriers that delay the hiring of qualified short-term substitute teachers, permitting substitute teachers to have their assignments extended, allowing short-term flexibility for student teachers to be assigned to classrooms, and providing additional flexibility to support retired teachers who have returned to the classroom.

CTC Coded Correspondence—Staffing Flexibilities

On Thursday, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) released Coded Correspondence 22-01External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to the field regarding the Governor's Executive Order on staffing flexibilities.

CDE Consultation Process for J-13 Waivers Related to Staff Shortage

This is an important reminder that Section 19 of Assembly Bill 167 (Chapter 252, Statutes of 2021) amended Education Code Section 46392 to require consultation from the CDE and the County Office of Education before local educational agencies can submit a Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions Form J-13A due to staff shortages to CDE. CDE staff is available for consultation about different options and practices available to help schools stay open for learning. If you are in need of information and support, sign up for your consultation on the CDE Staff Shortage Consultation Electronic Form External link opens in new window or tab.. Please contact CDE at staffshortageconsultation@cde.ca.gov with any questions or visit the CDE 2021–22 Form J-13A - Frequently Asked Questions web page for guidance related to the requirements and submissions for this fiscal year.

CDPH Updates for Management of Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K–12 Setting

January 12, 2022 Updates (Related links below)
  • Revisions to the current contact-tracing strategy (i.e., identifying individual close contacts of someone with COVID-19) include updated information regarding who may refrain from quarantine and the duration of quarantine.
  • Additionally, a group-tracing approach strategy is introduced as an alternative option for contact tracing. This approach, detailed in the documents listed below, allows for a quicker and broader response to cases identified in school settings, accomplishable through prompt notification, testing, and isolation protocols.

Other layers—such as receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters; wearing high-quality, well-fitting masks; staying home and testing if symptomatic; and improving indoor air quality—remain crucial to school-based mitigation efforts.

As always, stricter guidance may be issued by local public health officials or other authorities. In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or, in some workplaces, the CalOSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

Core CDPH School Documents (Updated January 12, 2022)

New Resources to Explain and Support Implementation of Group Tracing

All of the updates can also be found on the CA Safe Schools Hub.

Events and Opportunities

WEBINARS

ELO Program Planning Workshop—January 19

On January 19 from 9 to 11 a.m., the California AfterSchool Network, the CDE Expanded Learning Division, and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) are collaborating to offer staff, educators, and leadership of all California education-related sectors an opportunity to participate in a free series of interactive sessions to collaborate on unprecedented investments intended to support California’s children and youth. Register at the California AfterSchool Network ELO Planning Workshop web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Learn more on the CDE ELO Program web page.

Filling Your Cup: Positive Self-Care Strategies for Educators—January 20

On Thursday, January 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., build a safeguard against burnout in the new year. We will practice effectively communicating our needs through mediation External link opens in new window or tab., boundary setting External link opens in new window or tab., and gratitude practices External link opens in new window or tab.. Self-care does not mean adding more to our schedule. It helps us thrive in and out of the work environment. Register for the Resilient Practices Webinar on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab. in advance.

New California Center for School Climate Kick-Off Webinar—January 20

The CDE is pleased to announce the launch of the new California Center for School Climate (CCSC), a project of the CDE operated by WestEd, which provides school climate and data support and training at no cost to LEAs in California. Join us on January 20 at 10 a.m. for a 45-minute webinar to learn about all the exciting no-cost technical assistance and resources offered to districts and schools across the state, including the upcoming Safe and Supportive Learning Essentials series, and one-on-one consultation support. Please visit the CCSC website to register for the kick-off webinar External link opens in new window or tab.. To help us shape the technical assistance available to you, please complete this five-minute Inquiry Survey via Survey Monkey External link opens in new window or tab.. Contact Hilva Chan, Education Programs Consultant, Educator Excellence and Equity Division, at hchan@cde.ca.gov with any questions.

Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Webinar Series: Supporting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Private Schools—January 25

On Tuesday, January 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., this webinar will explore specific resources for private school teachers and leaders to support mental health and well-being, including ready-to-teach curriculum on mental health literacy designed for religious schools; Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) for faith leaders; and LivingWorks Faith Gatekeeper training. In addition, tips and information about how private school leaders can access publicly funded secular resources such as Youth Mental Health First Aid will be shared. Participants will walk away with tangible tools to support mental health in private schools. Register for the Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Webinar Series on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab..

Building a Robust and Diverse P-3 Teacher Pipeline: Requirements, Funding Opportunities, and Best Practices from the Field Webinar—January 27

On January 27, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., part one of two webinars on P-3 Workforce Development will focus on funding opportunities and best practices for building a robust and diverse P-3 teacher pipeline. Leadership from the CDE and the CTC will share updates on requirements for universal prekindergarten through third grade educators and provide information on funding opportunities available to support the recruitment and preparation of a qualified workforce. Register on Register for the Building a Robust and Diverse P-3 Teacher Pipeline webinar series on Zoom External link opens in new window or tab.. For information on Department news related to our P-3 initiative and to ensure you receive updates about future webinars, email “subscribe” to subscribe-cdep3updates@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

OPPORTUNITIES

California Pivotal Practice Program Applications Coming Soon

Applications will soon be open for the California Pivotal Practice Program, which will recognize schools and districts that have implemented pivotal practices during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Pivotal Practice Program is replacing the California Distinguished Schools Program this year. Application information and materials will be available soon. For more information, please contact the CDE Awards Unit at awards@cde.ca.gov.

EVENTS

Steps to College Event
The CDE and the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento invite students and families to the 11th Annual Steps to College event. Since its implementation, Steps to College has served more than 15,000 students from Northern California through specialized workshops on how to apply to college and access financial aid. A hybrid program this year, the university fair will be held virtually on February 5 and in-person on February 12. Read more in this letter to educators.

Celebrations

United States Senate Youth

The 2022 U.S. Senate Youth students were honored at the January State Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. Delegates Joleen Bakalova, a junior at Citrus Valley High School in the Redlands Unified School District, and Sneha Revanur, a senior at Evergreen Valley High School in the East Side Union High School District, and alternates Zachary Patterson, a senior at University City High School in the San Diego Unified School District, and Jaden Stewart, a senior at North Hollywood Senior High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, were recognized for their extraordinary leadership skills and significant achievements.

Sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and celebrating its 60th anniversary, the U.S. Senate Youth Program is an intensive weeklong educational experience and $10,000 college scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. High school juniors and seniors may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold. Read more about our honorees and the program in this CDE news release.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and you can help end trafficking by bringing awareness to these crimes. If you have a tip about a potential trafficking situation, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888. Learn more on the FBI's human trafficking web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The CDE Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children web page has more information and resources on prevention and education.

Great Kindness Challenge (January 24–28)

The CDE, in partnership with the Great Kindness Challenge, encourages all teachers, staff, and students of child care centers, preschools, and schools to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 24–28, 2022. The Great Kindness Challenge, presented by Kids for Peace, is a global, proactive, bullying-prevention initiative for educators and students to create a culture of kindness. Using a customizable kindness checklist, every student has an opportunity to practice kindness and make a positive impact. Read more and participate via the Great Kindness Challenge website External link opens in new window or tab..

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17)

The CDE joins the nation to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will be closed Monday, January 17.

Presidents’ Day (February 21)

The CDE is closed Monday, February 21, in honor of Presidents’ Day, a California public school holiday and state holiday.

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