April 23, 2020
Dear Superintendents and Charter School Leaders,

I’m writing with an update on a number of issues that have arisen since my last message.

Executive Order Addresses LCAPs, Physical Education
Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order that extends the deadlines for local educational agencies (LEAs) to submit Local Control and Accountability Plans. 

LEAs will publish a written report to their communities explaining how they are responding to COVID-19. They will be required to explain steps they have taken to deliver high-quality distance learning opportunities, provide school meals in non-congregate settings, and arrange for supervision of students during ordinary school hours. They will also be required to explain the steps they have taken to meet the needs low-income students, English learners, and foster youth. The report will help provide transparency and accountability to communities.
 
The executive order also waives required physical education minutes and annual physical fitness testing that requires on-site instruction. Academic assessments were previously waived under a separate order.


Discounts on Hotspots and Internet Charges
As a result of our advocacy, and the advocacy of other county offices of education, the California Public Utilities Commission has implemented changes to the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF), making $25 million available for mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. To meet the needs of students during the COVID-19 crisis, the CTF program will be providing a 50% discount on the monthly recurring service charge for mobile data services that allow schools to extend the classroom to the home. School districts and charter schools will be able to apply for discounts, starting from April 1 (covering retroactive costs) through Sept. 30, 2020. Rural, small, and medium-sized districts will be prioritized.  


School Facilities Projects During the Pandemic
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team are presenting a complimentary two-part webinar to address public school facilities projects during the pandemic.

Part I - Essential Projects: Tips, tricks, and best practices to keep essential projects active and safe
  • Thursday, April 30, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Register  

Part II - To Pay or Not to Pay? Complying with contractor payment requirements in the coronavirus era 
  • Thursday, May 7, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Register  

Essential Workers Eligible for Subsidized Child Care
San Diego essential workers and at-risk populations may be eligible to enroll their children in emergency subsidized child care so they can continue to work and protect our community during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Families who meet these requirements may begin the enrollment process online. This emergency child care program has a streamlined enrollment process so families can get quickly connected to the care they need. Emergency child care services under this program will be available through June 30, 2020. 

Please share this information with your school community.

We are continuing to collect data from industry sectors to identify the need for school districts and charter schools to provide emergency child care. We will share an update when the data is available.

Letter to Mandated Reporters
District Attorney Summer Stephan and I put together a letter regarding reporting abuse and neglect as schools have moved to distance learning. Please share it with your employees to remind them of our shared obligation to speak up for kids’ safety. This flyer provides additional details on what to report, when, and how. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to support San Diego County’s children during these uncertain times.

Sincerely,
Paul

Dr. Paul Gothold
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
phone: 858-292-3514