The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) is a key part of the overall budget package for K-12 that seeks to address funding stability for schools while providing information at the local educational agency (LEA) level for how student learning continuity will be addressed during the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020–21 school year. The provisions for the plan were approved by the Governor and Legislature in June in SB 98 and can be found in EC Section 43509.
The Learning Continuity Plan is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students and community members, while both streamlining engagement and condensing several preexisting plans. In particular, it was important to combine (1) the intent behind Executive Order N-56-20, published in April 2020,which envisioned an off cycle Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) due December 15th, and (2) the ongoing need for LEAs to formally plan to return to school in the midst of the uncertainty and of COVID-19, without requiring two plans. The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year.
As part of the effort to provide more consistent funding to school districts, the California State Legislature and the governor created the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. The LCFF requires that each school district produce an annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP sets forth goals and actions created with parent and community input.
Every public school in California files an annual "report card" that provides background information about the school and its students. The profile also presents the district's mission and the school's goals that school administrators, staff, and parents have specifically set for the school.
The report cards also address the following nine major areas:
- Demographic information
- School safety and climate for learning
- Academic data
- School completion
- Class size
- Teacher and staff information
- Curriculum and instruction
- Post-secondary preparation
- Fiscal and expenditure data
Each year the district surveys students, staff, and families to provide a comprehensive, data-driven, decision-making process to guide efforts to improve school climate, learning supports, and engagement, as well as identify and increase the quality of health, prevention, and youth development programs.
In 2017-2018, the district implemented the Youth Truth Survey tool. In years, prior, the district used the California Healthy Kids Survey by West Ed.