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CDE Announces Help is Available for Schools Impacted by Southern California Wildfires

December 18, 2017

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on December 2nd that assistance for schools is ready as wind-driven wildfires continue to spread destruction, damage, and school closures in Southern California.

Nearly 135,000 total students were displaced as schools shut down and evacuations spread. As of mid-December, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County burned more than 200,000 acres and closed schools in multiple school districts, while three separate fires in Los Angeles County shut down schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified and Los Angeles Unified School districts.

Assistance details are available on the CDE Wildfires Web page. School fire recovery resources are listed on this Web page.

State law allows local education agencies to apply for a waiver to hold them harmless from the loss of attendance based 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. Approval of waivers for school closures and material decreases in attendance may be requested two copies of Form J-13A (DOC). For more guidance on ADA relief, see the CDE’s Management Advisory 90-01 on ADA Credit During Periods of Emergency.

Source:  California Department of Education

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