LEAs to submit continuity plan in lieu of LCAP

July 13, 2020
On June 29, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 98, the Education Finance: Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill. According to a memo from the California Department of Education, SB 98 replaces the requirements for a 2020–21 Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update with a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. The bill requires the Learning Continuity Plan to include specified information about the instruction and support the Local Educational Agency will provide to pupils in the 2020–21 school year as a result of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and potential school closures.  Although Newsom had previously extended the LCAP deadline from July 1 to Dec. 15, 2020, SB 98 establishes that the LCAP and an annual update to the LCAP are not required for the 2020–21 school year. The legislation does require that the Budget Overview for Parents be developed and adopted by Dec. 15, 2020. SB 98 creates California Education Code 43509, codifying the process requirements for the Learning Continuity Plan as well as the required elements LEAs must include in the Learning Continuity Plan. The statute establishes that the Learning Continuity Plan template be developed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, on or before Aug. 1, 2020. LEAs must adopt their Learning Continuity Plans by Sept. 30, 2020. 

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