Tag Archives: coronavirus

Governor signs 2020–21 budget package; CSBA webinar dives into details

30 June
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday night signed the 2020–21 state budget that leans heavily on deferrals in lieu of cuts to K–12 education funding and counts on significant additional federal funding to bolster schools financially in their monumental task to safely reopen schools. In a CSBA webinar on June 29, which drew nearly 500 attendees, experts offered insights into budget implications for schools and other policy changes during COVID-19 (view the slideshow presentation). Breaking down the finances and deferrals While...

Legislators call out resources, liability and lack of direction as concerns in reopening schools

18 June
With local educational agencies equipped with federal, state and county guidance on reopening campuses for the 2020–21 academic year, a June 16 joint Assembly Education Committee hearing cast concerns about the practicality and affordability of welcoming students back to the classroom. A yet-to-be finalized state budget and ongoing education funding concerns served as an ominous backdrop for the proceedings. CSBA, both independently and through its membership in the Education Coalition, comprised of the state’s nine largest statewide education associations, continues...

New CSBA guidance for reopening schools addresses challenges faced by governance teams

10 June
As new information about COVID-19 and guidance for the reopening of schools in the 2020–21 academic year is released at a breakneck pace, CSBA has released a document that speaks directly to the needs of its members during this time. The Uncertain Road Ahead: Reopening Schools in the Time of COVID-19 presents a robust examination of what it will take to reopen schools safely and effectively. While the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education have...

CDE releases guidebook as schools plan how to reopen campuses

9 June
The California Department of Education on Monday, June 8, released a 55-page document to guide local educational agencies in their planning and discussions on physically reopening schools. “What we’ve done is compiled, as best as we can, a ‘how to’ to how we can safely reopen schools,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said during a webinar unveiling the document to LEAs. The document features a 10-page health and safety checklist for LEAs for resuming in-person instruction and dives...

CCEE webinar offers distance learning needs, strategies for small districts

3 June
Weighing the digital divide and its particular challenges in rural areas lacking needed infrastructure, experts say a blend of analog and digital learning opportunities is one practical solution to engage students as the school year ends and summer offerings begin. Also strongly encouraged during a California Collaborative for Educational Excellence May 27 webinar was that board members and school leaders understand that students, teachers and parents are exhausted from “emergency-mode” learning and need much more social and emotional support. “I...

CSBA, Education Coalition caution that schools cannot safely reopen with current funding

29 May
public school building
CSBA joined administrators, business officials, educators, classified personnel and parents on Thursday as the Education Coalition urged California’s lawmakers to adopt a 2020–21 budget that provides sufficient funding to safely reopen schools this fall. Among other severe cuts, the May Revision slashes 10 percent from the Local Control Funding Formula. The budget further lacks specific and sufficient funding to enact COVID-19 mitigation strategies in schools, such as purchasing the necessary personal protective equipment, testing, screening and deep cleaning, as well...

National guidance provides considerations to jumpstart high school athletics

27 May
When student athletes return to campus in the fall, neither classrooms nor extracurricular activities will look the same. Under new guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations, social distancing must be taken into account, and high-contact sports may not return for some time. “Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities” — developed by the 15-member NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee — provides a possible three-phase progression for reopening participation in athletics. The committee is composed...

State guidance on reopening schools nearing; funding remains key issue

22 May
The California Department of Education offered several insights into the development of its guidance for safely reopening schools during a May 21 webinar, with the department planning to release the document in the “days to weeks to come.” At the meeting’s outset, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said the webinar offered a chance for local educational agencies to compare notes on their reopening plans with the CDE’s guidance “to ensure we’re synchronized.” However, little detail was provided, with...

COVID-19 webinar explores legal, policy and instructional aspects of special education

18 May
Of all the challenges faced by local educational agencies during the COVID-19 crisis, questions around providing services and learning opportunities to students with disabilities have been at the top of the list. Absent waivers to requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, schools have undertaken extraordinary efforts to continue these services, all while searching out further guidance and clarity — both legal and instructional. The latest webinar in CSBA’s COVID-19 governance series, “Special Education in Extraordinary Times,” on May...

May Revision cuts LCFF, drops COLA, introduces proposals in effort to mitigate impact

15 May
Reflecting California’s pandemic-induced $54 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his May Revision on May 14 featuring a blend of proposals aimed at mitigating the dire financial straits of the state’s K–12 schools. “Coupled with a 10 percent cut to LCFF — the primary source of funding for K-12 education — the May Revision impairs the ability of schools to serve all students and to resume on-campus instruction safely,” said CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez. “This budget would be insufficient...