Q. Our district has a scheduled break from March 29 – April 9. We already have board approval for an April 12 start date for hybrid in-person instruction. For In-Person Instruction Grant purposes, will we be penalized the 1% per day if we don’t provide in-person instruction on the days we are on spring break?
A. No. Assembly Bill 86 and Senate Bill 86 state that you must offer in-person instruction based on the scheduled instructional days in your school calendar as of March 1, 2021 (see “Deal Reached on Reopening Grants” in the March 2021 Fiscal Report). April 1 falls within the spring break period for many local educational agencies, and the legislation accounts for that as follows:
43521 (c)(2)(B) (i) From April 1, 2021, to May 15, 2021, inclusive, a local educational agency’s apportionment of funds pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be reduced by 1 percent for each day of instruction provided for in the school calendar that the local educational agency does not provide in-person instruction pursuant to paragraph (3), as identified in the school calendar adopted for the 2020–21 school year that is in effect on March 1, 2021.
Since you already had that break of instructional days built into your calendar, you will not be penalized.