The LCAP is an ambitious document created from the input of the Laguna Beach USD community and the touchstone by which we guide and execute our efforts to educate children. It is comprised of goals that focus District practices and resources to ensure students are college and career ready upon graduation. The LCAP shows the alignment of LBUSD curriculum, instruction, assessment, and interventions with the eight State priorities. All stakeholders understand how the LCAP is constructed, how it reflects the District vision and mission, and the importance of ensuring fidelity to the goals. This document meets both the requirements of the state and the expectations of the District's stakeholders. The LCAP is a significant change in how school district funding priorities have been set, for the first time mandating significant engagement of stakeholders and demanding specific accountability for the effectiveness of the adopted strategies.
The Local Control Accountability Plan is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF, all local educational agencies are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how districts intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities.
On June 8, 2021, a Public Hearing was held regarding the submission of the 2021- 2022 LCAP. On June 24, 2021, the LCAP was submitted to the LBUSD Governing Board and was approved.
Executive Order (EO) N-56-20 was established on April 22, 2020, to address the impact of continued school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EO N-56-20 issued timeline and approval waivers for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Budget Overview for Parents as well as waving certain budgetary requirements. The Executive Order also established the requirement that a local educational agency (LEA) adopt a written report (COVID-19 Operations Written Report) explaining to its community the changes to program offerings the LEA has made in response to school closures to address the COVID-19 emergency and the major impacts of such closures on students and families, and a description of how the LEA is meeting the needs of its unduplicated students. The LBUSD Governing Board approved the COVID-19 Operations Written Report on July 18, 2020, in conjunction with the adoption of its budget.
Senate Bill (SB) 98 established that the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and an annual update to the LCAP are not required for the 2020–21 school year and that the California Department of Education (CDE) shall not publish the California School Dashboard in December 2020 based on performance data on the state and local indicators. SB 98 supersedes the requirement to develop and adopt an LCAP by December 15, 2020, which was established by Executive Order N-56-20, which was published in April 2020. SB 98 separated the development and adoption of the Budget Overview for Parents from the development and adoption of the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year. SB 98 also established California EC Section 43509 and the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) requirements for the 2020–21 school year.
The Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students and community members, while both streamlining engagement and condensing several pre-existing plans, in the midst of the uncertainty and of COVID-19. The LCP replaces the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year. A public hearing was held on September 3, 2020, regarding the submission of the 2020-21 LCP. The LBUSD Governing Board approved the Learning Continuity Plan on September 17, 2020.
The LBUSD Governing Board approved the Budget Overview for Parents on November 19, 2020.
The Laguna Beach Unified School District thanks the community for its efforts in the development of the annual Local Control Accountability Plan.
School Site Council
The School Site Council (SSC) serves as the school community representative body for determining the focus of the school’s academic instructional program and all related categorical resources. The legislative intent for the formation of a school site council is that individuals who are most affected by the operation of the school should have a major role in the decisions regarding how a school functions. Education should be a joint effort of parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff – those whose common goal is the success of all students.
Purpose of the School Site Council:
- Annually develop and approve the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
- Develop site level parent involvement policy
- Review the school parent compact (Title I Schools)
- Advise the district in the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
School Site Councils provide the following:
- An opportunity to develop shared leadership
- An opportunity to improve communication between the staff and parents
- A place to discuss issues, programs and to make decisions
- A way to educate members regarding school programs and categorical programs
Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
The SPSA serves as the organizer for an individual school’s improvement process. The plan should be developed with a deep understanding of root causes of student academic challenges and identify and implement research-based instructional strategies to raise the achievement of students who are not yet proficient by state standards. A well-developed SPSA can ensure that students are better equipped to meet the Common Core State Standards in English and Mathematics. It is critical that each school’s SPSA:
- Builds on a premise that students are capable of learning with effective instruction
- Includes school goals aligned with activities and goals included in the LCAP to maximize school reform efforts
- Is based on verifiable data analysis
- Focuses on student achievement and academic interventions
- Implements high leverage school improvement actions
- Directs resources where they will most directly improve student academic achievement
- Ensures that all resources are aligned to serve identified students’ needs
- Uses research-based strategies
- Implements strategic coordination of resources
To set school goals, the SSC should carefully review state and district priorities as stated in the LCAP, and assess both state and local quantitative and qualitative student achievement and other data to evaluate the effectiveness goals, actions, services, and expenditures.
Please use the links below to access the SPSA for each school site: