Was Your School Forced to Close Due to Air Conditions? Don’t Lose Out on State Funds.

School closures due to poor air quality resulting from the state’s recent wildfires have occurred in at least 22 counties, but that’s no reason for schools to lose funding State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said Friday.

Torlakson is reminding school officials that state law allows them to continue receiving funds from the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) if they were forced to close due to natural disasters such as flood, fire, or earthquakes.

Approval of school closures and decreased attendance can be made through the form J-13A. Visit the J-13A webpage for more information about the waiver’s submission and approval process.

The California Department of Education is also encouraging affected schools to review the School Disaster Recovery webpage, the California Wildfires webpage and CalEPA’s Fire Response and Recovery website. Affected schools can reach out to EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov for further assistance as well.

“The tragic wildfires in California that have caused so much heartbreaking destruction and loss of life are continuing to harm some of our schools and communities,” Torlakson said in a press release. “I want to thank school districts for acting to protect educators and students, and to let them know that the California Department of Education will assist them in any way that we can. Safety must come first for students, teachers, and staff.”

Butte County has seen an entire school district destroyed by the Camp Fire. In addition to Butte, these 21 counties have also experienced school closures as a result of smoky or unhealthy air conditions:

Alameda County
Colusa County
Contra Costa County
Glenn County
Lake County
Los Angeles County
Marin County
Napa County
Nevada County
Placer County
Solano County
Sonoma County
Sacramento County
San Francisco County
San Joaquin County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Sutter County
Ventura County
Yolo County
Yuba County