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Release: #18-4
January 12, 2018
Contact: Scott Roark
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Help is Available for Santa Barbara County Schools Affected by Devastating Mudslides

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said on Friday that assistance is ready for schools affected by the devastating mudslides and floods in Santa Barbara County. The region, already ravaged by wildfires last December, now has experienced multiple fatalities and damaged infrastructure as a result of the mudslides. Three of the deceased were elementary school students.

“This region has suffered terribly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by these horrific events,” said Torlakson. “The California Department of Education will help schools maintain state funding and provide other support.”

CDE assisted in securing interim classroom facilities for the Montecito Union Elementary School District, which is located in a designated mandatory evacuation zone. It’s expected this mandatory evacuation will be in place for at least two weeks.Other assistance details are available on the CDE School Disaster Recovery page.

State law allows local education agencies to apply for a waiver to hold them harmless from the loss of attendance based on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funding and instructional time penalties if they have to close schools because of a natural disaster such as floods, fires, or earthquakes. Information regarding submission of the Request for Allowance of Attendance due to Emergency Conditions and the J-13A form may be found here. 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

Last Reviewed: Friday, January 12, 2018
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