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LCFF 2020 Budget Overview for Parents

At the December 10, 2020 meeting, the Governing Board adopted the Robla School District's 2020 Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Budget Overview for Parents. This overview is normally included as part of the spring LCAP adoption. As a result of COVID-19 and the changes in the current year’s accountability, the LCFF Budget Overview for Parents was revised to be a stand-alone document approved by the board alongside the first interim budget report.

Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan, or LCP) is a key part of the overall budget package and seeks to address funding stability for schools while providing information for how student learning continuity will be addressed during the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020–21 school year. The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year. 
The Robla School District Governing Board adopted the LCP at its regular meeting on September 24, 2020. Click the link below to read the plan. 

COVID-19 Operations Written Report

California Executive Order N-56-20 requires school districts to complete a written report to explain the changes made to program offerings in response to school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the major impacts of these closures on students/families, and a description of how school districts are meeting students' needs. The Robla School District report was approved by its Governing Board on June 25, 2020. You can access this report by clicking on the link below. 

What is the LCAP?

LCAPThe Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees, and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.

The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.

There are eight areas for which school districts, with parent and community input, must establish goals and actions. This must be done both district-wide and for each school. The areas are:

  1. Providing all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities.
  2. Implementation of California’s academic standards, including the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math, Next Generation Science Standards, English language development, history social science, visual and performing arts, health education and physical education standards.
  3. Parent involvement and participation, so the local community is engaged in the decision-making process and the educational programs of students.
  4. Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college and career preparedness.
  5. Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.
  6. Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.
  7. Ensuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers, regardless of what school they attend or where they live.
  8. Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.

In addition to these eight areas, a district may also identify and incorporate in its plan goals related to its own local priorities.

School funding under the Local Control Funding Formula

The state of California began funding schools under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. Beginning at that time, the base funding for schools was raised to $7,675 per Average Daily Attendance (ADA) in grades Kindergarten through 3 and $7,056 per ADA in grades 4-6. This is the amount of money a school district receives for each day a child is in attendance at school. If a child is absent, for any reason, the district receives $0 for that student on that day.

Under LCFF guidelines, the state recognizes that certain groups of students require that a district provide more services. The state has identified three specific groups: English Learners, Disadvantaged Students and Foster Youth. English Learners are students whose family speaks a language other than English at home and who have limited skills in English. Disadvantaged Youth are those students who live in conditions of poverty. These students are identified because they qualify for free or reduced meals at school under federal guidelines. Foster Youth are those students who are currently living in a foster care setting. If a district has large numbers of these students – over 20% of the student population, then a district receives supplemental and/or concentration funds.

Supplemental Funds

If a district has students who fall into these groups, they receive an additional 20% funding above the base grant amount in recognition of the extra resources required to support them. This extra funding must be spent in ways which benefit these students directly.

Concentration Funds

If a school district has large concentrations of these students -55% or more of the overall student population, then the district will receive additional concentration funds which equal 50% of the base funding amount. Again, these funds must be spent in ways which directly benefit the students who generated them.