The California Department of Education (CDE) released new guidance on grading and graduation requirements based on feedback from local educational agencies (LEAs) and in collaboration with the state’s public and private higher education institutions. The department will use the link above to provide updated information as it becomes available.

The state’s higher education systems issued their own statements on temporarily suspending certain requirements for admitted students and financial aid support to ensure that they are able to enroll as planned. For those statements, click the links below.

University of California (UC)

California State University (CSU)

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)

School Closures & SB 117 Funds

On April 1, 2020, Governor Newsom held a press conference to reaffirm State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond’s message that due to current safety concerns, school districts are encouraged to strengthen their distance learning programs as it appears that students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the year. To read the SPI Thurmond’s message, click here.

Information on the closure of schools in response to COVID-19, Form J-13A, the reporting of attendance for apportionment, and instructional time are available here. Should you have any additional questions of feedback, please submit at

Yesterday, SPI Thurmond announced the $100 million appropriated in SB 117, one of the two COVID-19 emergency legislation, will be distributed to local educational agencies based on its 2019-20 average daily attendance (ADA) funded by CDE in February 2020. Eligible LEAs had to be operational on March 4, 2020 and will receive $17.37 per ADA, with a minimum funding allocation of $250 per school site.

The State Controller’s Office will issue payments to each county treasurer’s office within 3-4 business days. For additional information, click here.


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