Greg Rolen, general counsel for the Mt. Diablo school district, alerted parents today that an arrest had been made in the aftermath of several threats at local schools, including Concord High last Friday and Valhalla Elmentary in Pleasant Hill this week. Here is a link to his message: https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/m/?s=yCNogRrtHbk.
In response to questions from the Times regarding how much money the district lost due to student absences, Rolen sent an e-mail to public safety reporter Rick Hurd, explaining that the district will attempt to recover that lost funding by filing a state waiver.
“I fear a monetary calculation would be premature and a bit misleading,” Rolen wrote. “Simply put, we did have a significant drop off in attendance specific to the Concord High School threat. However, when there is a dramatic, single day, decrease in attendance (I believe the threshold is a 10 percent increase) the state allows us to apply for a waiver. Consequently, by filing the J-13(a) form any district has the capability of recouping what would have otherwise been lost in finding related to lost ADA [Average Daily Attendance]. Our fiscal staff is currently analyzing the data, doing the calculations, and preparing to submit the required paperwork in order to capture is much funding as possible.”
I believe the district filed similar waivers after the swine flu epidemic.
Were you concerned about students’ safety before the arrest was made?