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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at LAUSD

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    The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a state statute that requires LAUSD to undertake specified environmental review of projects prior to approval by the LAUSD Board of Education. In May 2017, the Board of Education adopted revised "LAUSD Procedures for Implementing the CEQA" (available here), which incorporates by reference the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Section 15000 et seq.). As authorized by Section 15025 of the State CEQA Guidelines, the Board of Education has delegated CEQA's environmental review functions to Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS). The Director of OEHS serves as the District's CEQA Officer.

    The District acquires, constructs, leases and operates many different types of educational and support facilities. Depending on the circumstances, such activities may result in either a direct physical change in the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment.  The primary purpose of CEQA is to inform decision makers and the public about the potential, significant environmental effects of these proposed activities and identify the ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced through the use of feasible alternatives or mitigation measures.

    In addition, the District's CEQA team is responsible for monitoring the ongoing changes in the community surrounding the over 1,000 schools and other facilities that the District operates.  We provide intergovernmental review of these projects on a regular basis for concerns related to the health and safety of students and staff. Notices regarding the availability of CEQA documents or public hearings (etc.) should be sent to LAUSD OEHS, 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 21st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, Attn: Environmental Review or emailed to environmental_review@lausd-oehs.org

    For more information on CEQA at LAUSD, or requests for information regarding our schools, please 
    e-mail ceqa-comments@lausd.net or call 213-241-3199.

All tree trimming and removal conducted on District property is required to adhere to the procedures described in the LAUSD OEHS Tree Trimming and Removal Procedure. Compliance with this Procedure will ensure that District activities will not conflict with any tree preservation policies while ensuring the protection of breeding and nesting habitat of protected birds. Written approval from the Director of OEHS, Director of Maintenance & Operations, Local District Superintendent, and School Principal is required before any protected tree is relocated or removed. For more information, please contact OEHS at (213) 241-3199 or the District Arborist at (213) 745-1422.

The LAUSD Standard Conditions of Approval for District Construction, Upgrade, and Improvement Projects (SCs) are environmental standards that are applied to District construction, upgrade, and improvement projects to offset potential environmental impacts. The SCs were compiled from established LAUSD standards, guidelines, specifications, practices, plans, policies, and programs and were adopted by the Board of Education on February 5, 2019.

 

In anticipation of implementation of the School Upgrade Program, OEHS commissioned a District-wide Historic Resource Inventory. As part of this study, an updated Historic Context Statement was prepared and 55 campuses were evaluated for eligibility for listing in the National and/or state registers. The Historic Context Statement received a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation in 2014 and a Conservation Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy in 2015.

LAUSD currently has over 180 schools that have been identified as eligible for listing in the National and/or State registers and over 150 more that still require historic review. OEHS has also developed procedural guidelines for CEQA compliance, which have been incorporated into the Program EIR for the School Upgrade Program, and design guidelines for the treatment of historic resources. 

When a project is determined to be exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061 of the State CEQA Guidelines, a Notice of Exemption (NOE) is prepared and filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office. NOEs are posted at the County Clerk’s office for 30 days and on this website for one year. 

 
  • Leased Parking Project - Posted 5/21/2020 (not posted at the County Clerk's office - pursuant to the now-lapsed Executive Order N-54-20, posting of CEQA documents with the county clerk offices was not required between April 23, 2020 and June 21, 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • Grab & Go Food Centers - Posted 4/30/2020 (not posted at the County Clerk's office - pursuant to the now-lapsed Executive Order N-54-20, posting of CEQA documents with the county clerk offices was not required between April 23, 2020 and June 21, 2020 due to COVID-19)

 

 

 

 

 

CEQA Documents (click on a project name below to access the documents)

The IS/ND for the Hamilton High School Comprehensive Modernization Project is available for public review and comment from October 15, 2020 to November 16, 2020. LAUSD will hold a virtual public meeting on October 28, 2020 at 6:00pm. Please connect via Zoom or by phone:

The IS/MND for the Lincoln High School Comprehensive Modernization Project is available for public review and comment from October 13, 2020 to November 12, 2020. LAUSD will hold a virtual public meeting on October 26, 2020 at 6:00pm. Please connect via Zoom or by phone:

The IS/MND for the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center Administrative, Media/Literacy & Kitchen Building Project is available for public review and comment from September 11, 2020 to October 10, 2020. Vaughn Next Century Learning Center will hold a virtual public meeting on October 21, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. (English), 4:30 p.m. (Spanish). Please connect via Zoom or by phone:

The The IS/MND for the Taft Charter High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on October 6, 2020.

The IS/MND for the Shenandoah Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on June 9, 2020. 

The IS/MND for the Kennedy High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on June 9, 2020. 

The EIR for the Burroughs Middle School Comprehensive Modernization Project was certified by the Board of Education on June 9, 2020. 

The IS/MND for the Rise Kohyang High School Project was adopted by the Board of Education on May 19, 2020.

The IS/MND for the Reseda Charter High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on March 10, 2020. 

The IS/MND for the Belvedere Middle School Comprehensive Modernization was adopted by the Board of Education on March 10, 2020.

The IS/MND for the Elizabeth Learning Center Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on November 5, 2019. 

The IS/ND for the 92nd St. Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on October 1, 2019.

The IS/MND for the Ascot Avenue Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on June 18, 2019.

The IS/MND for the McKinley Avenue Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on June 18, 2019.

The EIR for the San Pedro High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was certified by the Board of Education on November 13, 2018.

The IS/MND for the Jefferson High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on November 13, 2018.

The EIR for the Roosevelt High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was certified by the Board of Education on May 8, 2018.

The EIR for the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies Comprehensive Modernization Project was certified by the Board of Education on May 8, 2018.

The IS/MND for the North Hollywood High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on April 10, 2018.

 

The IS/ND for the Polytechnic High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on February 13, 2018.

The IS/MND for the Ulysses S. Grant High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on December 12, 2017.

The IS/ND for the Cleveland Charter High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was adopted by the Board of Education on October 10, 2017.

The EIR for the Huntington Park High School Comprehensive Modernization Project was certified by the Board of Education on May 8, 2018.

The IS/MND and Collins Street Elementary School Demolition Project was adopted by the Board of Education (Board) on October 10, 2017.

The 9th – 12th grade Hale Charter (VAPA) Project discussed at previous community meetings is no longer being considered for the former Highlander Road Elementary School site located at 23834 Highlander road West Hills, CA 91304. Currently there is no plan for the former Highlander Road School site. Should a new plan arise, the District's Facilities Services Division is committed to informing and engaging the public early on in the process.

 

The EIR for the International Studies Learning Center Project was certified by the Board of Education on June 13, 2017. 

The IS/ND for the Venice High School Comprehensive Modernization was adopted by the Board of Education on May 9, 2017. 

The IS/MND for the Colfax Charter Elementary School Classroom Addition Project was adopted by the Board of Education (Board) on May 9, 2017.

A Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to address the environmental effects associated with the implementation of the District's School Upgrade Program (SUP). A link to the Final Program EIR is below. The Final Program EIR was certified by the Board of Education on November 10, 2015. 

  • Preliminary Project Referral Form for CEQA & Site Assessment Reviews 
     
     This form is for District use and should be filled out by project proponents (e.g., Asset Management, A/E Services...) to initiate the CEQA and/or Site Assessment review process.