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AB-2126 Temporary school closures: notification: survey.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that the location of schoolsites and facilities be readily accessible to the department for both of the following purposes:
(a) To ensure the safety of pupils and employees during an emergency or crisis.
(b) To provide location information to emergency personnel to assist with emergency response-related activities, such as evacuations, shelters, and temporary housing locations for emergency personnel.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 38010) is added to Part 23 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

CHAPTER  2. Temporary School Closures
38010.
 As used in this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Local educational agency” means a county office of education, school district, or charter school.
(b) “Temporary school closure” means temporary closure of school facilities, even if remote learning is taking place at another location.
38011.
 (a) The department shall develop and implement an internet website and a web-based application for the purpose of collecting information from local educational agencies about temporary school closures. The information shall include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) The name of each closed school.
(2) The duration of the school closure.
(3) The reason for the school closure. Reasons for temporary closure shall not include nonschool days on the school calendar, such as weekends, holidays, and interim breaks.
(b) The internet website and web-based application shall be operative no later than July 1, 2021.
(c) (1) Except as provided for in paragraphs (2) and (3), a county superintendent of schools, superintendent of a school district, or charter school administrator, or their designee, shall notify the department through the internet website or web-based application of all temporary school closures each day the school is closed.
(2) A county superintendent of schools may assume the responsibility of fulfilling the requirement of paragraph (1) on behalf of all school districts and charter schools under the jurisdiction of that county superintendent of schools.
(3) A scheduled temporary school closure may be reported to the department through the internet website or web-based application in advance of the temporary school closure.
(d) The department shall make the information reported pursuant to subdivision (a) publicly available on its internet website.
(e) (1) The department shall develop a survey for the purpose of collecting information from local educational agencies during school closures of longer than five school days. The information collected by the survey shall include, but need not be limited to, both of the following:
(A) Whether the local educational agency has a plan to deliver instruction to pupils during the school closure of longer than five school days, and if so, a description of the plan, including how the local educational agency will assess whether all pupils have access to connectivity and devices adequate to participate in the educational program and complete assigned work.
(B) Whether the local educational agency has a plan to deliver nutrition services to pupils during the school closure of longer than five school days, and if so, a description of the plan.
(2) The survey developed pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be automatically distributed to a local educational agency that reports a school closure of longer than five school days using the internet website or web-based application developed by the department pursuant to subdivision (a).
(3) (A) Except as provided for in subparagraph (B), a county superintendent of schools, superintendent of a school district, or charter school administrator, or their designee, shall submit a response to the survey developed pursuant to paragraph (1) to the department within a timeframe established by the department.
(B) A county superintendent of schools may assume the responsibility of fulfilling the requirement of subparagraph (A) on behalf of all school districts and charter schools under the jurisdiction of that county superintendent of schools.
SEC. 3.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.