Nov. 5th
Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

I'm excited to join with County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer on November 9 for a virtual town hall on COVID-19 and schools.

This will be an opportunity for parents, students and community members to learn more about plans and efforts to reopen schools gradually and to ask questions. Spanish translation will be provided.

Please help us promote this event with parents and community members. More information is provided below with links to flyers and sample communications.

Thank you so much for your support — and for all that you are doing for LA County's students and families.
Parent Town Hall on COVID-19 and Schools — Nov. 9
LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo will join with County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer for a virtual town hall event on Monday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 pm. They will discuss steps being taken to protect children returning to school, the reopening process, school waivers and more.

The event will include a live Q&A with parents. 

Please help us spread the word about the event with your school community with these resources:

Download event flyers in English and in Spanish 

Sample email/enews content (English and Spanish below):

Attention Parents: On Monday, November 9 from 6 pm to 7 pm you are invited to join a virtual Town Hall with the Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Dr. Dawn Terashita, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo and Deputy Superintendent Arturo Valdez. The Town Hall will focus on steps being taken to protect children returning to school, the reopening process, school waivers and more.

Join the conversation at: tinyurl.com/WatchLACParentTownHall 
Submit questions in advance at: tinyurl.com/AskLACParentTownHall 


Atención Padres: el lunes 9 de noviembre a partir de las 6 p.m. a las 7 p.m. está invitado al evento virtual con la directora del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles, Dra. Bárbara Ferrer, la Dra. Debra Duardo, superintendente escolar del Condado de Los Ángeles, la Dra. Dawn Terashita y el diputado superintendente, Arturo Valdez. La reunión se centrará en discutir las medidas que se están tomando para proteger a los niños que regresan a la escuela, el proceso de reapertura, los permisos de programas escolares y muchas cosas más. 
  
Únase a la conversación en: tinyurl.com/WatchLACParentTownHall 
Envíe sus preguntas con anticipación a: tinyurl.com/AskLACParentTownHall 
  
Se proveerá traducción en español durante la reunion. Para acceder la traducción al español, pueden llamar gratis al 888-664-1453. No se requerirá PIN ni contraseña.
Public Health Update


  • COVID-19 Compliance Team: It is strongly recommended to include a school nurse on the team. The school nurse can be the liaison to LA County Public Health, participate in Public Health site visits and assist in managing the exposure management plan.

  • Cohorts: 
  • A student can only be in one academic cohort — a TK-2 waiver cohort or a special needs cohort, not both. 
  • A student can participate in both an academic cohort and a childcare cohort. 
  • To provide support and services to students with high needs, a school can have multiple cohorts if no more than 25 percent of the total student population is on campus at any one time. Teachers/staff can be assigned to a maximum of two cohorts.

  • Early Childhood Education staff: as per the health and safety code that went into effect in 2016, ECE staff are required to have immunizations for pertussis, measles and flu (annual). There is no requirement for a pneumonia vaccine.
Accountability, Support & Monitoring
Budget Overview for Parents:

Per SB 98, all LEAs are required to complete a Budget Overview for Parents. The Budget Overview must be adopted by the local board and submitted to LACOE on or before Dec. 15, 2020.   

The LCFF Budget Overview template has been revised for this year only to require reporting of both expenditures connected to the 2019-20 LCAP and expenditures connected to the 2020-21 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. 

The Budget Overview for Parents template and instructions are available on the CDE website. Additional information may be found in a recorded webinar. 

LACOE will host a training to provide LEAs with additional assistance in completing the Budget Overview for Parents template on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 3 pm. School districts should contact their assigned LACOE Business Services Consultant or LCAP Coordinator.
Budget & Finance
Department of Finance Fiscal Report:

On Oct. 21, the California Department of Finance reported the following revenues for September: 

  • Preliminary General Fund agency cash receipts for the first three months of the fiscal year were $8.713 billion above the 2020-21 Budget Act forecast of $45.41 billion. Cash receipts for the month of September were $4.164 billion above the 2020-21 Budget Act forecast of $9.806 billion. Preliminary General Fund agency cash receipts for the entire 2019-20 fiscal year were $1.135 billion above the 2020-21 Budget Act forecast of $123.395 billion, or 0.9 percentage point above forecast. Total collections for March through September 2020 were down by 2.3 percent from the same period in 2019. 

  • Personal income tax cash receipts to the General Fund for the first three months of the fiscal year were $6.667 billion above forecast. Cash receipts for September were $3.016 billion above the month’s forecast of $6.262 billion. Withholding cash receipts were $1.425 billion above the forecast of $4.225 billion. Other cash receipts were $1.676 billion above the forecast of $2.547 billion. Even though California does not have a September estimated payment due, taxpayers often match the federal estimated payment schedule. Refunds issued in September were $30 million above the expected $399 million. Proposition 63 requires that 1.76 percent of total monthly personal income tax collections be transferred to the Mental Health Services Fund. The amount transferred to the fund in September was $55 million higher than the forecast of $111 million. 

  • Sales and use tax cash receipts for the first three months of the fiscal year were $1.641 billion above forecast. Cash receipts for September were $465 million above the month’s forecast of $1.719 billion. September represents the second prepayment for third quarter taxable sales. 

  • Corporation tax cash receipts for the first three months of the fiscal year were $329 million above the forecast of $6.538 billion. Cash receipts for September were $504 million above the month’s forecast of $1.509 billion. Estimated payments were $507 million above the forecast of $1.262 billion, and other payments were $69 million higher than the $365 million forecast. Total refunds for the month were $72 million higher than the forecast of $119 million. 

  • Insurance tax cash receipts for the first three months of the fiscal year were $109 million above forecast. Insurance tax cash receipts for September were $140 million above the forecast of $65 million. Cash receipts from the alcoholic beverage, tobacco taxes, and pooled money interest for the first three months of the fiscal year were $31 million below forecast and were $8 million below the forecast of $72 million for September.  
  
The Save Education Jobs Act of 2020:

Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Oct. 28 aimed at protecting millions of education jobs during the pandemic-related recession. The Save Education Jobs Act of 2020, introduced by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT), would establish an Education Jobs Fund to stabilize the education workforce by delivering up to $261 billion to states and school districts over a 10-year period.  
 
More information can be found in the Bill Text and Fact Sheet.
Foster Youth
New staff covers South Bay area:

LACOE Foster Youth Services welcomes new Senior Program Specialist Allisonne Crawford. She will cover Region 5, which includes the South Bay Area (Torrance, LAUSD, Culver City, Santa Monica-Malibu and others). Look for communications soon from Crawford on the upcoming Regional Learning Network meeting.

Website addresses online fatigue:

With most everyone navigating online learning and Zoom meetings for months, school staff and students are experiencing online fatigue. The LACOE Foster Youth Services counseling team has created a calming website that gives the viewer a chance to relax, recharge and reflect. The website provides laughter, meditation tips, self-care ideas and more for adults and students. 

 
Pathways to college webinars:

Foster Youth Services is hosting two webinars on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 focused on college transitions and supports for foster youth. The webinars are a collaboration among LACOE, CSU Fullerton and CSU Long Beach. Both events are open to all high school foster youth in LA County. 

Please encourage students to register at this link

For more information, contact Jose Smith at 562-317-1259. 
  
Upcoming meetings & webinars: 

Nov. 16: Caregiver Roundtable — register here 
Nov. 17: Region 3 Regional Learning Network meeting — register here 
Nov. 20: Charter School Regional Learning Network meeting — register here 

Resources for Districts & Schools
Communications Toolkit for Reopening Schools (LACOE) click here

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources (LA County Mental Health Dept.) click here

Health & Safety Guidebook (CCEE) click here

Wide Open School (Common Sense Media) click here