Thurmond announces Covid-19 response funding will be available to school districts

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced last week that $100,000,000 in funding will be distributed to local educational agencies (LEAs) throughout the state.

The funding was included in Senate Bill 117, one of two Covid-19 emergency bills passed by the California Legislature on March 17.

“I am very grateful to the members of the state legislature for their rapid response in providing this essential funding to assist LEAs during this very challenging time,” said Thurmond. “These funds will allow district administrators to ensure that sites are properly cleaned and sanitized, keep school staff safe, provide nutritious meals, and focus on implementing a distance learning infrastructure that is equitable and accessible to all students.”

The priority for these funds is health and safety needs for LEAs, including student meal access, during Covid-19 closure periods.

To receive the funds, eligible LEAs had to be operational as of March 4, 2020. Funding is allocated to LEAs based on 2019–2020 average daily attendance (ADA) funded by the California Department of Education in February 2020. Eligible LEAs will receive $17.37 per ADA, with a minimum funding allocation of $250.

The State Controller’s Office will issue payments for the SB 117 funds to each county treasurer’s office within three to four business days.

The apportionment letter, allocation detail, and payment schedule for this funding are available at on the CDE’s SB 117 Covid-19 LEA’s Response Funds webpage at www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/covid19learesponse. asp

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