CCSA Answers: Receiving Credit for Emergency Days When Determining ADA

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September 16, 2011
Question: Recent circumstances resulted in a day of enforced emergency closure. Can charter schools receive credit for emergency days when determining average daily attendance (ADA)?

Answer: The Education Code allows the State Superintendent of Public School Instruction to authorize ADA credit for the days that schools are closed due to emergencies. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), including direct-funded charter schools, may receive ADA credit and instructional time credit for the days and minutes lost due to an emergency closure. Approval can be obtained by submitting three copies of Form J-13A: Request for Allowance of Attendance Because of Emergency Conditions.

To prevent mandatory school closures from reducing ADA, charter schools should deduct the emergency days from their total days in the reporting period. Thus, schools report their ADA only for those days in which they actually operated classes, and do not include the zero attendance days during the closure.

Charter schools and other LEAs will be credited with the emergency days to meet their minimum attendance requirements and receive full funding.

This member-submitted question is answered, with additional context, in "Revenue Sources for your School."