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2021-22 LCFF, Title I, Part A, and ESSER III

Information and guidance regarding required LCFF, Title I, Part A, and ESSER III planning requirements for the 2021-22 school year.

This page provides information about the planning requirements for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Title I, Part A, and the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds. Information in each tab includes an overview, the purpose, the due date and to whom, the implementation timeline, and any required revisions for each plan, as applicable to the local educational agency (LEA).

2021–22 Local Control and Accountability Plan

Overview

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Including:

  • Local Control Funding Formula Budget Overview for Parents (Budget Overview for Parents)
  • Annual Update for Developing the 2021–22 LCAP
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Prompts
  • LCAP Expenditure Tables

Purpose

LCAP

California Education Code (EC) sections 52060, 52066, and 47606.5 require all LEAs, which include school districts, county offices of education (COEs), and charter schools, to develop and adopt an LCAP on or before July 1st of each year.

2021–22 LCAP Template and Instructions (DOCX)

Budget Overview for Parents

EC Section 52064.1 requires all LEAs, which include school districts, COEs, and charter schools, to develop the Budget Overview for Parents in conjunction with the LCAP by July 1st of each year.

The Budget Overview for Parents must be attached as a cover to the LCAP and must be posted prominently as part of the LCAP on the LEA’s homepage.

LCFF Budget Overview for Parents (XLSX; Posted 10-Mar-2021)
LCFF Budget Overview for Parents Instructions (PDF; Updated 19-May-2021)

Annual Update for the 2021–22 LCAP

EC sections 52061, 52067, and 47606.5 require all LEAs, which include school districts, COEs, and charter schools, to annually update the LCAP on or before July 1st of each year.

For the 2021–22 LCAP, the Annual Update includes both an Annual Update to the 2019–2020 LCAP and an Annual Update to the 2020–2021 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. Both Annual Updates are to be used to assist in the development the 2021–22 LCAP.

Annual Update for the 2021–22 LCAP (DOCX)

CSI Prompts

The CSI Prompts are only applicable to LEAs with a school(s) eligible for CSI.

Beginning in 2019–2020, the State Board of Education (SBE) added three CSI prompts to the Plan Summary section of the LCAP. The CSI prompts serve as the mechanism by which the SBE approves CSI Plans.

The CSI prompts and the CSI plan are two distinctively different documents and processes. The CSI prompts do not serve as the CSI plan. The LEA uses the CSI prompts to report to the SBE its efforts to develop, implement, and monitor its CSI plan.

LEAs, including charter schools, with a school(s) eligible for CSI will address the CSI prompts as part of the Plan Summary in the 2021–22 LCAP.

A charter school is required to submit its 2021-22 LCAP Plan Summary with the completed CSI prompts to the COE in the county in which the charter school resides for approval of the CSI prompts on or before July 1, 2021.

LCAP Expenditure Tables

Included as part of the LCAP are the LCAP Expenditure Tables. The following expenditure tables are required to be included in the 2021–22 LCAP as adopted by the local governing board or governing body:

  • Total Expenditures Table
  • Contributing Expenditures Table
  • Annual Update Table

The Data Entry table may be included in the LCAP adopted by the local governing board or governing body, but is not required to be included.

2021–22 LCAP Expenditure Tables Template (XLSX)

Due Date and to Whom

The LCAP, inclusive of the Budget Overview for Parents, the Annual Update for the 2021–22 LCAP, and, if applicable to the LEA, responses to the CSI prompts in the LCAP, must be adopted by the LEA’s local governing board or body at a public meeting on or before July 1, 2021.

All documents must be submitted within 5 days of adoption by the LEA’s local governing board or body:

  • COEs and single-district counties submit their LCAPs to the California Department of Education via email at LCAPReview@cde.ca.gov.
  • School districts submit their LCAPs to their COE.
  • Charter schools submit their LCAPs to their chartering authority and the COE of the county in which the charter school operates (or just COE if it is the chartering authority).

Implementation Timeline

2021–24

Required Revisions

LEAs must update the LCAP each year through the annual update process.

 

2021–22 Supplement

Overview

Supplement to the Annual Update to the 2021–22 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Section 124 of Assembly Bill (AB) 130 requires all LEAs, including county office of education (COEs), school districts, and charter schools, to complete a one-time supplement to the annual update for the 2021–22 LCAP.

Purpose

The intent of the one-time supplemental document is to provide a mid-year update to the LEA’s local governing board or body regarding the LEA’s utilization of the additional funds received from the Budget Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act (ESSER III funds), as applicable.

Supplement to the Annual Update to the 2021–22 LCAP Template (DOCX)

Due Date and To Whom

LEAs must present the Supplement to the Annual Update to the 2021–22 LCAP as part of the update to their local governing board or body required by subsection (e) of Section 124 of AB 130. LEAs are required to provide the required update to their local governing board or body on or before February 28, 2022.

The Supplement to the Annual Update to the 2021–22 LCAP is considered part of the 2022–23 LCAP for the purposes of adoption, review, and approval on or before July 1, 2022.

Implementation Timeline

2021–22 school year

Required Revisions

LEAs may choose to revise the Supplement to the Annual Update to the 2021–22 LCAP, as needed.

 

Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan

Overview

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Plan

The ELO Grant provides LEAs the opportunity to provide supplemental instruction and support to students, including those identified as needing academic, social-emotional, and other supports.

Purpose

AB 86 provided LEAs, including county offices of education (COEs), school districts, charter schools, and state special schools, with additional funding to implement learning recovery programs. As a condition of receiving this funding, LEAs are required to complete an ELO Grant Plan.

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Plan Template (DOCX)

For additional information about the ELO Grant, please visit the COVID-19 Relief and School Reopening Grants webpage.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the ELO Grant, please visit the IPI and ELO Grants Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

For ELO Grant Strategies, please visit the Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants Strategies webpage.

For questions related to the ELO Grant Plan, please contact ELOGrants@cde.ca.gov.

Due Date and to Whom

The ELO Grant Plan must be adopted by the LEA’s local governing board or body at a public meeting on or before June 1, 2021.

The ELO Grant Plan must be submitted within 5 days of adoption by the LEA’s local governing board or body:

  • COEs submit to the California Department of Education via email at LCAPReview@cde.ca.gov.
  • School districts submit to their COE.
  • Charter schools submit to their chartering authority and COE (or just COE if it is the chartering authority).

Implementation Timeline

June 2020 through September 30, 2024

Required Revisions

LEAs must update the ELO Grant Plan by December 1, 2022.

 

Local Control and Accountability Plan Federal Addendum

Overview

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Federal Addendum

Within California, LEAs that apply for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds are required to complete the LCAP, the LCAP Federal Addendum, and the Consolidated Application (ConApp). The LCAP, in conjunction with the LCAP Federal Addendum and the ConApp, serve to meet the ESSA LEA Plan requirement.

Note: The LCAP Federal Addendum only applies to LEAs that receive ESSA Title funds.

Purpose

The LCAP Federal Addendum is only submitted for approval by the CDE and the SBE once.

LEAs that received California Department of Education (CDE) and California State Board of Education (SBE) approval for their LCAP Federal Addendum in 2019–2020 and/or 2020–21, do not need to resubmit an LCAP Federal Addendum for the 2021–22 school year or any year thereafter.

LEAs that are applying for ESSA Title funding for the first time in 2021–22 are required to complete and submit LCAP Federal Addenda for the applicable ESSA Title programs to the CDE and SBE for approval in the 2021–22 school year.

Once the LEA submits its 2021–22 ConApp in the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) to apply for ESSA Title funding, the LEA may access the CDE’s LCAP Federal Addendum submission system and submit responses to the provisions for the applicable ESSA Titles for CDE approval.

LCAP Federal Addendum Template (DOCX)

Due Date and to Whom

In order to receive federal Title funds, the LEA must have an ESSA LEA Plan on file with the SBE.

For LEAs applying for federal Title funds for the first time, they must submit a local governing board or body-approved LCAP Federal Addendum, for the applicable ESSA Title programs, within the CDE’s LCAP Federal Addendum submission system for CDE review and approval on or before March 31, 2022.

Following the CDE’s review of the LCAP Federal Addendum, the CDE will submit the LCAP Federal Addendum to the SBE for approval, enabling the LEA to be eligible to receive ESSA Title funding.

Implementation Timeline

Ongoing

Required Revisions

Revisions or updates to CDE and SBE-approved LCAP Federal Addenda may be made at the local level, consistent with specific Title requirements, and do not need to be submitted within the CDE’s LCAP Federal Addendum system. However, it is the responsibility of the LEA to adhere to the revision and update requirements specific to each Title, as applicable. It is recommended that LEAs contact the individual Title program offices for additional guidance.

 

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Plans

Overview

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provided funding to LEAs through Section 2001 of the ESSER III Fund, to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools. There are two plans required for LEAs receiving ESSER III funds, the ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan and the ESSER III Expenditure Plan.

For FAQs, please visit the ESSER III Fund FAQs webpage.

Purpose

ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

The ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan must be completed by LEAs, which include school districts, county offices of education (COEs), and charter schools, that receive ESSER III funds under the ARP Act.

ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan template (PDF)

Note: The ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan only applies to LEAs receiving ESSER III funds.

ESSER III Expenditure Plan

The ESSER III Expenditure Plan must be completed by LEAs, which include school districts, COEs, and charter schools, that receive ESSER III funds under the ARP Act.

ESSER III Expenditure Plan template (DOCX)

For FAQs, visit the ESSER III Expenditure Plan FAQs webpage.

Note: The ESSER III Expenditure Plan only applies to LEAs receiving ESSER III funds.

Due Date and to Whom

ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

LEAs that did not have a statutorily compliant plan in place as of March 11, 2021 must create and post this plan within 30 days of completing their ESSER III Assurances. LEAs are required to review, and as appropriate, revise, that plan within six months.

For questions related to the ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan, please contact EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov.

ESSER III Expenditure Plan

The ESSER III Expenditure Plan must be adopted by the local governing board or body of the LEA at a public meeting on or before October 29, 2021.

The ESSER III Expenditure Plan must be submitted within 5 days of adoption by the LEA’s local governing board or body.

  • COEs and single-district counties submit to the California Department of Education via email at LCAPReview@cde.ca.gov.
  • School districts submit to their COE.
  • Charter schools submit to their chartering authority and the COE of the county in which the charter school operates (or just COE if it is the chartering authority).

For technical assistance related to the ESSER III Expenditure Plan template and instructions, please contact LCFF@cde.ca.gov.

For all other questions related to ESSER III, please contact EDReliefFunds@cde.ca.gov.

Implementation Timeline

ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

March 11, 2020 through September 30, 2023

ESSER III Expenditure Plan

August 18, 2021 through September 30, 2024

Required Revisions

ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Six months from completing ESSER III Assurances for ARP-compliant plans prior to March 11, 2021.

OR

Thirty days from completing ESSER III Assurances for plans that are non-ARP-compliant and/or posted after March 11, 2021.

AND

No less than every six months through September 30, 2023.

LEAs must review and, as appropriate, revise their plans, taking into consideration the timing of significant changes to Center for Disease Control guidance on reopening schools.

ESSER III Expenditure Plan

LEAs may choose to revise the ESSER III Expenditure Plan any time throughout the implementation period, as needed.

 

Comprehensive Support and Improvement Plan &
Additional Targeted Support and Improvement Plan

Overview

Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Plan

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state educational agencies (SEAs) to determine school eligibility for CSI. LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI must partner with educational partners to locally develop and implement a plan to improve student outcomes.

The county office of education (COE) also plays a role in providing technical assistance and support to LEAs within its county that serve schools that meet the criteria for CSI.

Note: The CSI Plan is only applicable to schools eligible for CSI.

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) Plan

The ESSA requires SEAs to determine school eligibility for ATSI.

Schools that meet the criteria for ATSI must partner with educational partners to develop and implement a school-level plan to improve student outcomes.

Note: The ATSI Plan is only applicable to schools eligible for ATSI.

Purpose

LEAs with schools identified for CSI or ATSI on the 2019 California School Dashboard must develop and implement a CSI or ATSI plan for the 2021–22 school year that meets federal planning requirements consistent with ESSA sections 1111(d)(1) and 1111(d)(2), respectively.

For the 2021–22 school year, LEAs (Title I or non-Title I) must use the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) planning process to meet CSI or ATSI planning requirements.

Single school districts and charter schools may use the 2021–22 LCAP, including educational partner engagement requirements, to serve as the CSI plan, provided that the LCAP meets CSI planning requirements consistent with ESSA Section 1111(d)(1).

While the California Department of Education (CDE) does not mandate the SPSA template or any other school-level planning template; as a convenience, the CDE has developed the SPSA template that, if completed consistent with the provided instructions and is implemented with fidelity, meets all CSI and ATSI planning requirements, as applicable.

CDE's SPSA Template (DOCX)

If an LEA elects to use its own SPSA template to document its school improvement efforts, then it must ensure that its template/process addresses all school improvement planning requirements for CSI or ATSI, as applicable.

For more information regarding CSI, please visit the CSI webpage.

For more information regarding ATSI, please visit the TSI/ATSI webpage.

Due Date and to Whom

There is an expectation that CSI and ATSI plans for the 2021–22 school year are fully developed and approved at the local level (school and LEA) no later than the first day of the 2021–22 school year. This will ensure that students and the school receive a full year of intervention and support consistent with the LEA’s CSI or ATSI plan for that school.

Implementation Timeline

2021–22 school year

Required Revisions

LEAs may choose to revise the CSI Plan or ATSI Plan throughout the year, as needed.

 

School Plan for Student Achievement

Overview

School Plan for Student Achivement (SPSA)

California Education Code (EC) Section 64001 and the Every Student Succeeds Act Section 1114(b) requires schools that operate a Title I, Part A Schoolwide Program (SWP) annually develop and implement a SWP plan.

Note: The SPSA is only applicable to schools operating a Title I, Part A SWP and/or schools eligible for CSI or ATSI.

Purpose

In general, schools operating Title I, Part A SWPs are required to complete a SPSA consistent with EC Section 64001 and convene a Schoolsite Council (SSC) consistent with the requirements in EC sections 65000 or 65001.

The exception to the requirement is that EC Section 64001(j) allows a single school district or charter school to use its Local Control and Accountability Plan, with the inclusion of Title I, Part A funded expenditures, and the educational partner requirements in EC Section 52062(a) to meet federal school planning and educational partner requirements.

The California Department of Education (CDE) does not mandate the SPSA template or any other school-level planning template. As a convenience, the CDE has developed the SPSA template that, if completed consistent with the provided instructions and implemented with fidelity, meets all federal school planning requirements, as applicable.

CDE's SPSA template (DOCX)

Due Date and to Whom

The SPSA is a one-year plan that is intended to be developed by the school’s SSC and approved by the LEA’s local governing board or body before or during the school year for which the plan is being implemented. Statute does not specify a timeline/deadline for when the development and approval of the SPSA must occur; this remains a local decision consistent with the needs of the school and local community.

The SPSA is not required to be submitted to the county office of education in which the LEA resides or the CDE unless the school is undergoing a Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) review or the subject of a complaint related to applicable state and federal program requirements. However, the SPSA is a public document and may be requested pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

Implementation Timeline

2021–22 school year

Required Revisions

Schools are required to annually review, evaluate, and update the SPSA.

 

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