Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo
California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
July 28, 2020

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

Funds Available for Computing Devices

In just a few short weeks, most of our state’s students will begin the next academic year in distance learning—and the need to ensure all of them have the basic technology to access their learning grows increasingly urgent.

I am writing today to make sure you are aware that California schools are receiving $5.3 billion to acquire devices, strengthen distance learning, and address learning gaps. We know through your survey responses this summer that immense needs remain: more than 700,000 students still lack computing devices, and another 300,000 lack hotspots to connect to the internet.

This funding makes it possible for all school districts to close the digital divide—and remove inequitable barriers to remote learning—immediately.

Schools can apply now for their share of the Learning Loss Mitigation Funds (https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/cr/learningloss.asp) authorized by the 2020–21 state budget. The California Department of Education (CDE) has posted online (https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/cr/documents/llmfallocationfy20.xlsx) each school district’s initial allocation of Learning Loss Mitigation Funds and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/cr/llmffaqs.asp).

We strongly encourage you to earmark these funds in ways that strengthen and ensure continuity and equity in distance learning. As an additional resource, our agency also will be sending messages to individual districts that match their allocation to the estimated need for computing and connectivity devices based on survey results.

If you have questions about procuring devices, please contact DigitalDivideTaskForce@cde.ca.gov. Thank you for taking advantage of these resources now to ensure no student falls behind when we resume learning in just a few short weeks.

Sincerely,

Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

TT:dt

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Recently Posted in Letters

  • Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings (added 20-Oct-2020)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings.
  • California Community Schools Partnership Program (added 14-Oct-2020)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding a new funding opportunity through the California Community Schools Partnership Program.
  • 2020 Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program RFA (added 09-Oct-2020)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals regarding the California Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program Request for Applications.
  • Strategies to Strengthen EPP and LEA Partnerships (added 06-Oct-2020)
    Joint letter from the California Department of Education, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and Board of Education regarding strategies to strengthen educator preparation programs and local educational agency partnerships during COVID-19.
  • The 2020 Directing Change Program and Film Contest (added 01-Oct-2020)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals regarding the annual student Directing Change Program and Film Contest.

  • 2020 Cal Grant GPA Submission Reminder (added 25-Sep-2020)
    Joint letter with the California Student Aid Commission sent to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and High School Counselors regarding the 2020 Cal Grant GPA submission reminder.
  • Concerns Regarding Acellus Online Learning Program (added 21-Sep-2020)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators addressing concerns regarding Acellus Online Learning program.
  • High School Voter Education Weeks (added 09-Sep-2020)
    Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the Secretary of State to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding High School Voter Education Weeks.
  • 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference (added 04-Sep-2020)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals regarding the 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference.