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California Department of Ed. resources available for school districts navigating power outages

This week saw widespread power outages across California as part of Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison’s precautionary yet significantly impactful moves to reduce the risk of wildfires, in the face of high wind patterns similar to those that contributed to recent catastrophic fires in Santa Rosa, Napa, Paradise and other areas.

It is not known if additional outages from PG&E, SCE or other utilities may be forthcoming, yet future outages remain distinctly possible during the current “fire season” and beyond.

The California Department of Education has made an FAQ document and other resources available for the considerable number of school districts impacted by the loss of ADA due to the planned outages.

Important: CDE also has its J-13A waiver form available, which is used for school districts to receive financial assistance due to lost ADA from an official disaster declaration. Although the current J-13A form does not specify this, this form can be used to apply for assistance due to lost ADA from these planned outages, even though the outages are not an official disaster declaration.

CDE Resources:


CSBA is continuing to work closely with the CDE, Department of Finance and other key stakeholders to address the concerns of school districts and county offices of education who have experienced (and may experience in the future) a loss in ADA and other impacts on students and families due to planned power outages.

Gov. Newsom will further discuss the statewide impacts of the power shutoffs at a media event today (Oct. 10) at 5 p.m. Click here for a livestream.


Contacts:
CDE: Jeffrey Reyes | EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0327

CSBA:  Eric Bakke | ebakke@csba.org | (916) 669-2555