December 11, 2014
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Plan for Possible School Closures Because of Storm
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that schools may seek relief from loss of funding if they close as a result of the strong rain storm.
"I urge everyone to use common sense and to avoid taking unnecessary risks, especially when taking their children to and from school in the heavy rain and strong wind gusts," said Torlakson. "The safety of our students, parents, teachers, school employees, and communities is our top priority."
Local educational agencies may lose Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding if their facilities are used as community shelters, forced to close because of a natural disaster, or when the Governor declares a state of emergency. In such situations, the California Education Code allows the State Superintendent to authorize ADA credit for the days that schools are closed. Local educational agencies may receive ADA credit for all purposes and instructional time credit for the days and minutes lost due to an emergency closure.
ADA credit and approval of school closures may be obtained by submitting three copies of Form J-13A (PDF) to the California Department of Education (CDE). For more guidance on ADA credit, see the CDE Management Advisory 90-01 - Attendance Web page.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100