September 22, 2014
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Assistance for Schools Closed Due to Wildfires
SACRAMENTO—Schools closed because of the wildfires in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties will still receive full state funding, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
"We continue to be deeply concerned about the disastrous King fire and its destructive path through forest land, communities, and homes," Torlakson said. "I want to assure schools and districts whose facilities are closed or used as emergency shelters during this disaster that they will not lose funding."
Torlakson said he would invoke his power under the California Education Code to authorize Average Daily Attendance (ADA) credit for the days that schools are closed.
Local educational agencies may also 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Form J-13A [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid. Submit three copies of Form Form J 13A (PDF)].
For more guidance on ADA credit, visit the California Department of Education's
Management Advisory 90-01 - Attendance [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid. For more guidance, visit the Department's Management Advisory 90-01 Average Daily Attendance Credit During Periods of Emergency letter.].
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100