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Gov Newsom Signs Two Bills Aimed to Assist LEAs

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March 2020 {SR306236} CLIENT NEWS BRIEF As the information contained herein is necessarily general, its application to a particular set of facts and circumstances may vary. For this reason, this News Brief does not constitute legal advice. We recommend that you consult with your counsel prior to acting on the information contained herein. © 2020 Lozano Smith March 2020 Number 19 On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills, Senate Bill (SB) 117 and SB 89, into law which provide for emergency funding to help fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help to clarify the law as it relates to school districts. The bills address several issues confronting school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools. SB 117 provides necessary funding, ensuring that local educational agencies (LEAs) may continue to operate, and waives various requirements and deadlines otherwise required by law. SB 89 provides for significant funding to be used to assist individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses experiencing economic hardships due to the impacts of COVID-19. Both bills took effect immediately. Below are highlights of each bill. Senate Bill 117 School Funding. For purposes of Average Daily Attendance ("ADA") reporting to determine funding, LEAs need only report their ADA from July 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020, rather than July 1, 2019 to April 15, 2020. This has the effect of providing full funding for schools even if they are closed, provided they comply with Executive Order N–26–20, with the stated intent to ensure that employees and contractors are compensated and paid during the time that a school is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the legislation did not include details related to this compensation piece, some districts are grappling with how best to implement this provision. Similarly, the bill provides that for After-School Education and Safety programs, LEAs will receive funding based on the ADA they would have reported but for the school closure. The bill also appropriates $100 million from the state's general fund to be provided to certain LEAs for purposes of purchasing personal protective equipment, or paying for supplies and labor related to cleaning school sites, or both. Instructional Time. Schools that are closed are excused from the instructional time requirement. The requirement will be deemed to have been met upon written certification that the school was closed due to COVID-19 on a form unique to the current situation, rather than by following the typical waiver procedure. Aimee Perry Partner Sacramento Office Angela J. Okamura Associate San Diego Office March 2020 Number 19 Governor Newsom Signs Two Bills Aimed to Assist Local Educational Agencies During COVID-19 Crisis

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