October 10, 2017
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Updates Funding Relief Announcement for Orange County School Closures Due to Wildfires
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the California Department of Education will help all school districts forced to close as a result of wildfires in Orange County so they can qualify for relief from the loss of state Average Daily Attendance (ADA) student funding, reinforcing a message he sent on Monday to districts facing fires in Northern California.
“These fires create devastating damage, but I want to remind school districts all over our state that they can recoup ADA funds if they must close school sites,” Torlakson said. “We will assist school administrators through the process of applying for waivers due to school closures.”
Several schools closed in Orange County due to a fire that as of Tuesday morning had burned about 7,500 acres and destroyed several homes in Anaheim, Orange, and Tustin.
Other fires have also forced school closures in Napa County and in Sonoma County, where the city of Santa Rosa suffered widespread damage. The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division on Tuesday sent two truckloads of frozen food and dry goods to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa to assist fire victims.Approval of school closures may be requested by submitting three copies of Form J-13A (PDF). For more guidance on ADA relief, see the CDE’s Management Advisory 90-01 on ADA Credit During Periods of Emergency.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100