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April 8, 2020
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COVID-19: All LEAs encouraged to apply for FEMA assistance; other key education developments

The California Department of Education is encouraging all local educational agencies incurring costs for emergency protective measures related to the COVID-19 response to file a Request for Public Assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Eligible assistance is available for measures such as the disinfection of public facilities, according to a FEMA fact sheet. LEAs must submit the request through the California Office of Emergency Services Grants Portal account no later than April 17, 2020. LEAs that do not have a Grants Portal account can send a request to The reimbursement process results from President Donald Trump’s March 22 approval of California’s Disaster Declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more »

In other COVID-19 updates and news of note:

  • The CDE announced the distribution to LEAs of the $100 million allocated through Senate Bill 117. The funding equates to approximately $17.37 per ADA, with a minimum allocation of $250. The priority for the funds is “health and safety needs for LEAs, including for student meal access, during COVID-19 closure periods.”
  • Both UC and CSU announced they will ease admissions requirements for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for letter grade and testing requirements. The changes reflect strong advocacy from CSBA and other education management organizations.
  • An April 4 executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom gives child care providers flexibility to expand access for families of essential personnel. The order also gives the CDE and California Department of Social Services the flexibility to waive certain programmatic and administrative requirements, allowing after-school programs to operate during regular school hours, in schools and other locations, to care for school-age children of essential workers.
  • The Office of Public School Construction announced on April 3 that two key deadlines have been extended. The School Facility Program Priority Funding Filing Round will open on May 13 and close on Aug. 28, while the Application for Career Technical Education Funding (Form SAB 50-10) is now due to OPSC on or before June 30. The OPSC is submitting emergency regulations to adjust deadlines moving forward as a response to needs related to the pandemic — this would allow OPSC authority to approve, via an online portal, an automatic two-week extension for any submissions.

Stay up to date on the latest news and resources related to COVID-19 on CSBA’s dedicated webpage »

Assembly budget memo outlines rocky 2020-21 outlook, declares August revision likely

Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), in a memo released this week, echoed the March advisory issued by the Department of Finance that the May budget revision will be a “workload budget,” while offering that the Legislature will no longer be able to consider new priorities and ideas from stakeholders, advocates and legislators. This likely means that January proposals for new K-12 program spending will be shelved. The memo also offered that there could be an August revision to the enacted budget, due primarily to the extension of the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, which will not allow for a clear picture of state revenues during the May and June budget process. Meanwhile, the Legislature’s recess will continue until at least May 4, an extension from the previous date of April 13. Read more on the CSBA blog »

Existing board policies can provide direction, clarity in moment of uncertainty

While there are few easy solutions to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, existing board policies can provide crucial tools for addressing these issues. A new post on the CSBA blog looks at some of the most useful board policies to reference during these turbulent times. Namely, CSBA sample Board Policy 2210 - Administrative Discretion Regarding Board Policy can be applied to a number of situations that arise in times of crisis when circumstances may not allow for the timely development of new board policy. One such example is changes to grading policy prompted by the announcement that California’s public universities will ease admission requirements for students impacted by the pandemic. The blog post also addresses how boards can delegate emergency authority to the superintendent proactively, before an emergency arises. Read more on the CSBA blog »

CDE webinar shares insights, practices for special education during closures

Of the myriad important issues facing California’s local educational agencies in their abrupt switch to distance learning, questions around serving students with special needs have come to the forefront. To offer a look at some of the practices and strategies underway across the state, the California Department of Education hosted an April 2 webinar that attracted roughly 7,000 viewers. Though executed differently depending on LEA location and size, presenters and the CDE zeroed in on a common list of best practices, including identifying needs as quickly as possible and emphasizing the need for communication between teachers, students and families. Read more on the CSBA blog »

Congressional letter highlights dire need for funding for students' digital access

A letter from 35 U.S. senators, including California’s Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, strongly urged Congress to provide dedicated funds to address unequal access to both internet services and devices in student homes in the next COVID-19 emergency relief package so that no child falls behind in their education. A $2 billion allocation for broadband access for schools was included in an earlier version of the $2 trillion stimulus bill but was not part of the final package signed by President Donald Trump on March 27. CSBA’s COVID-19 membership survey further spotlights the digital divide as a major concern, and the association continues to work with the state and private sector to help mitigate barriers so students can receive meaningful instruction during this unprecedented situation. Read more on the CSBA blog »

2020 Annual Education Conference call for proposals extended to June 1

CSBA has extended the deadline for proposals for 2020 AEC workshops and table talks to June 1 as nearly every school in California is closed for in-person instruction and dealing with unprecedented issues related to student learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Share with thousands of attendees at CSBA’s flagship event the impressive work, research, programs and best practices that are improving outcomes for California’s students and schools. The conference planning committee will review all proposals and do its best to balance content, speaker schedules and school district representation. Learn more »

Nominations open for 2021 CSBA officers

The CSBA Nominating Committee invites CSBA members to participate in this year’s election process for the offices of CSBA Vice President and President-elect. Submit a nomination form for yourself or for another member with their consent or encourage potential candidates to run for CSBA office. Officer Nomination Forms are due no later than Monday, June 1, 2020. Learn more »

Assistance with State Eligibility and Funding applications

The State Facilities Funding Programs are complex, demanding and ever changing. To ensure that school districts stay compliant and obtain all of the funding they deserve, CSBA partners with Total School Solutions to provide assistance with all aspects of the funding process from the initial establishment of eligibility to the closeout audit process. TSS staff works with district staff and virtually eliminates concerns regarding the state funding eligibility and application process. The expertise of TSS staff has served our members well and has helped secure additional funding for them that had not previously been identified. Learn more »

COVID-19 resources

Stay up to date with the latest news and resources related to COVID-19 on CSBA's dedicated webpage and with articles frequently posted on the CSBA blog.



All April in-person events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please check the CSBA events calendar periodically for updates to trainings and events. 

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