Category Archives: Coronavirus

Update on $100M in COVID-19 funds for schools from Senate Bill 117

2 Apr
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On March 30, the California Department of Education issued a letter on the release of $100 million in funds for local educational agencies to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is pursuant to Senate Bill 117, which the Legislature passed on March 16 before adjourning until April 13 — although the recess may extend longer. The letter states that funds will be sent to each county treasurer’s office within “approximately one week from the date of this letter (March 30),”...

FERPA and virtual learning during COVID-19

31 Mar
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cybersecurity
With the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, and the social distancing and other safety-related restrictions being implemented to contain it, schools throughout the country have almost universally switched to distance or virtual learning. The switch has raised countless questions for parents and school leaders alike. One critical question is around how the confidentiality of student education records will be maintained as required by law, when schools adopt virtual means to educate their students. The U.S. Department of Education,...

Districts receive flexibility in providing schools meals to hungry students

30 Mar
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Several waivers aimed at helping ease school meal distribution requirements were announced by United States Department of Agriculture officials on March 26 in an effort to ensure all children eligible for federal nutrition programs have access to meals they would normally receive in school despite school closures. The waivers relax regulations that made school meal distribution more difficult in light of federal health guidelines calling for social distancing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and the upending of...

Coronavirus update: Stimulus set to deliver $13.5B in emergency funding for K-12 schools; a look at CalPERS and CalSTRS impacts

26 Mar
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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday night unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to aid the country amidst the massive economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of note, the stimulus will deliver $16.5 billion in emergency funding for K-12 education, with $13.5 billion via formula grants for elementary and secondary education. A share of $3 billion will also be available for governors in each state to allocate to local educational agencies hardest hit by the pandemic. Importantly, in addition to...

Resource suite for schools and families during COVID-19 closures

20 Mar
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Student health and well-being Suggestions for educators on addressing the social and emotional needs of students from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Materials for schools and districts to support for their students and community around COVID-19 and pandemics from the National Association of School Psychiatrists Resources for COVID-19 from the California Association of School Psychologists Pandemic flu checklist: K-12 school administrators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Countering coronavirus stigma and racism: Tips for teachers and other educators from the...

Coronavirus update: California officials to provide ongoing guidance to LEAs dealing with COVID-19 closures

19 Mar
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State education and health officials convened March 18 for a webinar meant to ease some concerns held by county and district leaders surrounding the long-term, widespread school closures caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, more than 98 percent of the state’s 6.2 million public school students remain out of school due to the rapidly evolving pandemic. During the webinar, officials from the Governor’s Office, California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Health and...

COVID-19, board meetings and Brown Act requirements

18 Mar
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governance meeting
The following update provides guidance on the Brown Act provisions waived under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order, and information about the procedures your governing board can use to conduct board meetings during this unique time. Governor Newsom’s Executive Order: On March 12, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order that, in part, authorized governing boards to hold public meetings via teleconference and to make public meetings accessible by telephone or otherwise electronically to members of the public during this time,...

Coronavirus update: Passage of Senate Bill 117 offers relief to school districts, COEs

17 Mar
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On Monday, March 16, the Legislature and the Governor took special action to support agencies grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, including passage of SB 117, a bill providing relief to school districts, county offices of education, and childcare centers. CSBA appreciates the swift work to pass legislation that will provide relief to public schools coping with the impact of COVID-19. SB 117, which directly reflects the advocacy of CSBA and other members of the Education Coalition, provides $100 million to...