CDE to Provide Funding Relief to School Affected By Lake Oroville Flood

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is allowing for schools that were closed because of the Oroville spill to receive funding relief.

Schools main revenue source is based off Average Daily Attendance, but due to closures, some schools could miss out on necessary monies. Counties and cities near Lake Oroville and the surrounding area issued evacuation orders for nearly 190,000 residents in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties after a hole in the nation’s tallest dam threatened their safety.

“Any schools forced to close as a result of the evacuations may be able to recoup these important ADA funds,” Torlakson said. “I’ve directed my staff to help affected school administrators through the process of applying for waivers due to school closures. Schools in California should not suffer financially for putting the safety of our students first based on these unprecedented flood dangers.”

About 31,000 total public school students are enrolled in Butte County’s 15 school districts, 13 of which were affected by the evacuations.

Updates about evacuations and other information is available from the Butte County Office of Education  and the California Office of Emergency Services.

Approval of school closures may be requested by submitting three copies of Form J-13A. For more guidance on ADA relief, see the CDE’s Management Advisory 90-01 on ADA Credit During Periods of Emergency.

Additionally, the CDE Early Education and Support Division is providing information to agencies that are dealing with emergencies that have closed centers, preschools, and providers. In these instances, the EESD provides the following information:

Contractors are to refer to the Management Bulletin (MB) 10-09 Web page for specific guidance and funding direction.