October 12, 2017
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Assures Schools Closed by Hazardous Air Quality that State Funding Will Continue
SACRAMENTO— State law allows schools to apply to receive state Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding, the main source of school funding, if they have to close because of a natural disaster such as floods, fires, or earthquakes.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that schools closed because of dangerous air quality can also apply to receive state Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding, and that they will be assisted by administrators from the California Department of Education (CDE).
Nearly 600 schools with about 260,000 students statewide are closed today because of fire danger, dangerous air quality, and evacuations.
"I want to thank these school districts for taking swift and decisive action to protect educators and students, and to let them know that the California Department of Education will assist them in any way that we can,” he said. “Safety must come first for students, teachers, and staff.”
The 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 and has offered to send more food. Torlakson also said that students who are homeless because of fire damage can be immediately enrolled in schools even if they do not have the necessary paperwork to enroll, such as proof of residency. Information is available from the National Center for Homeless Education .
A list of school closures is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and will be listed on the CDE Web site. Torlakson also encouraged schools facing poor air quality to keep students indoors during recess and meals. Air quality and fire information is available from the California Office of Emergency Services .
The California Department of Education (CDE) this morning had tracked school closures in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba counties.
Approval of school closures related to dangerous air quality can 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