SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent Tony Thurmond commended today’s executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom that allows schools to focus on the impacts of campus closures as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and their mitigation plans for when students return this fall. The executive order does this by extending the deadline for school districts and charter schools to submit upcoming Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) which are long-range planning documents tied to budget projections.
“School districts statewide have been working hard to put distance learning platforms into place and keep their students fed. The LCAP process deadlines should not be placing additional burdens on schools, which as a result of our current climate of social distancing, cannot meaningfully engage with their community stakeholders,” Thurmond said. “The Governor’s action frees up staff time and resources for districts to focus solely on the immediate learning needs and health of our students.”
Instead of submitting a three-year LCAP on July 1, districts will submit an update of COVID-19 related impacts on students and plans to address those impacts. In the fall, districts and charter schools will work with stakeholders on abbreviated one-year LCAPs, with a deadline of December 15 for submission. The deadline for approval by a county superintendent or State Superintendent Thurmond is January 14, 2021.
The LCAP is a required document that details how districts will use state resources to improve student learning and narrow achievement gaps. By law, LCAPs must be developed in collaboration with parents, students, staff, and community groups.
Today’s executive order also waives required physical education minutes, physical fitness testing, spring administration of the proficiency examination, and the summative English proficiency testing window to allow for an optional administration for reclassification purposes. Academic assessments were previously waived under a separate order.
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