Message from Dana on State of CA Vaccine Mandate

  • October 19, 2021

    TUSD Community—
    First and foremost, thank you for your relentless patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times together.  We’ve learned that such has been imperative throughout this pandemic as new information and guidelines continue to evolve and/or change.  The Governor’s proposed vaccine announcement on October 1 has caused a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty for some in our TUSD community.  This communication is intended to provide additional clarification.

    • Utilizing the emergency regulation process provided to the administration in the 2015 school vaccination bill, Senate Bill 277, the Governor stated that students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for their respective age groups.
    • With such approval, all public & private school students, 12 years of age and older, would be required to be vaccinated. Based on the Governor’s expectation for FDA approval by January 2022, the vaccination would be added to the school vaccine requirement list effective July 1, 2022.
    • At this time, there is no timeline for implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine to students under the age of 12.
    • Opt-out options have not yet been released; however, preliminary information received indicates that medical and personal belief exemptions will be available. Please note these exemptions could be subject to change if the COVID-19 vaccine is added to the list of 10 legislatively mandated vaccines required for in-person instruction.
    • Outside of honoring allowable exemptions, the TUSD Administration and Board of Trustees have no local authority related to the state mandate. As a school district, we are obligated to adhere to state Health and Safety Code requirements, laws and regulations, and vaccination requirements under sections 120325-120380 of the California Health and Safety Code.

    Our concerns regarding this mandate continue to be the effects it would have on our TUSD community, specifically on our ability to provide in-person learning for all students with a full complement of highly-qualified, dedicated staff.  Our goal is to be able to continue accommodating the needs of students, families, and staff with allowable exemptions and continued COVID-19 testing as permissible—in an ongoing effort to respect the rights of students and staff while keeping all safe. 

    At this time, we cannot predict new information or the timing of such so I encourage you to communicate your thoughts and concerns regarding this new regulation directly to the California Department of Public Health or to our local representatives:

    Assemblyman Heath Flora 
    578 N. Wilma Avenue, Suite B
    Ripon, CA 95366
    (209) 599-2112 

    Assemblyman Adam Gray
    1010 Tenth St., Suite 5800
    Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 521-2111

    Senator Andreas Borgeas
    567 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite A-3
    Fresno, CA 93704
    (559) 243-8580

    We will continue to keep our TUSD community informed as new information is received.  Your continued support and assistance in keeping our school communities safe and thriving are appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Dana Salles Trevethan
    TUSD Superintendent

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    19 de octubre de 2021

    Comunidad de TUSD-
    En primer lugar, gracias por su implacable paciencia y comprensión mientras navegamos juntos en estos tiempos difíciles.  Hemos aprendido que eso ha sido imperativo a lo largo de esta pandemia, ya que la nueva información y las pautas continúan evolucionando y/o cambiando.  El anuncio de la vacuna propuesta por el Gobernador el 1º  de octubre ha causado una gran cantidad de ansiedad e incertidumbre para algunos en nuestra comunidad TUSD.  Esta comunicación tiene por objeto proporcionar una aclaración adicional.

    • Utilizando el proceso de regulación de emergencia proporcionado a la administración en el proyecto de ley de vacunación escolar de 2015, el proyecto de ley del Senado 277, el Gobernador declaró que los estudiantes estarán requeridos a ser vacunados contra COVID-19 después de la aprobación de la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los Estados Unidos (FDA) para sus respectivos grupos de edad.
    • Con dicha aprobación, todos los estudiantes de escuelas públicas y privadas, de 12 años de edad y mayores, estarían requeridos a ser vacunados. Basado en la expectativa del Gobernador para la aprobación de la FDA en enero de 2022, la vacunación se añadiría a la lista de requisitos de vacunas escolares a partir del 1º de julio de 2022.
    • En este momento, no hay un plazo para la implementación de la vacuna COVID-19 para estudiantes menores de 12 años.
    • Todavía no se han publicado las opciones de exclusión; sin embargo, la información preliminar recibida indica que habrá exenciones por motivos médicos y de creencias personales. Tenga en cuenta que estas exenciones podrían estar sujetas a cambios si la vacuna COVID-19 se añade a la lista de 10 vacunas obligatorias por ley para la instrucción en persona.
    • Aparte de honrar las exenciones permitidas, la Administración y la Junta Directiva de TUSD no tienen ninguna autoridad local relacionada con el mandato estatal. Como distrito escolar, estamos obligados a adherirnos a los requisitos, leyes y reglamentos del Código de Salud y Seguridad del estado, y a los requisitos de vacunación bajo las secciones 120325-120380 del Código de Salud y Seguridad de California.

    Nuestras preocupaciones con respecto a este mandato siguen siendo los efectos que tendría en nuestra comunidad TUSD, específicamente en nuestra capacidad de proporcionar el aprendizaje en persona para todos los estudiantes con un complemento completo de personal altamente calificado y dedicado.  Nuestro objetivo es poder seguir acomodando las necesidades de los estudiantes, las familias y el personal con exenciones permitidas y continuar con las pruebas de COVID-19 según lo permitido, en un esfuerzo continuo por respetar los derechos de los estudiantes y el personal, mientras se mantiene la seguridad de todos. 

    En este momento, no podemos predecir la nueva información o el momento en que se producirá, por lo que le animo a comunicar sus pensamíentos y preocupaciones con respecto a esta nueva regulación directamente al Departamento de Salud Pública de California o a nuestros representantes locales:

    Asambleísta Heath Flora
    578 N. Wilma Avenue, Suite B
    Ripon, CA 95366
    (209) 599-2112

    Asambleísta Adam Gray
    1010 Tenth St., Suite 5800
    Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 521-2111

    Senador Andreas Borgeas 
    567 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite A-3
    Fresno, CA 93704
     (559) 243-8580

    Continuaremos manteniendo a nuestra comunidad de TUSD informada a medida que se reciba nueva información.  Apreciamos su continuo apoyo y asistencia para mantener nuestras comunidades escolares seguras y prósperas.

    Sinceramente,
    Dana Salles Trevethan
    Superintendente de TUSD

New CA COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

  • October 1, 2021

    As you may already be aware, today the Governor announced a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for eligible students. Based on current projections, the State anticipates the requirement would apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022, but could be as early as January 1, 2022, if full approval for ages 12+ is secured. All K-12 staff will also be required to be vaccinated when the requirement takes effect for students.

    Over the past few weeks, we became aware of several school districts in CA mandating the COVID-19 vaccine; however, we did not anticipate the timing of today’s announcement of a State-wide mandate. Although we are waiting for the State to release additional guidance, the following information is what we have at this time:

    • The mandate applies to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public, charter and private schools, and all school employees. 
    • The mandate would go into effect either January 1, 2022, or July 1, 2022, following the Federal Drug Administration’s full approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for each age group. The COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be implemented in two phases: 7-12 grades and K-6 grades. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is fully approved for people 16 and older, and the other vaccines have emergency approval for people 18 and over.
    • The COVID-19 vaccine would be on the roster of 10 other vaccinations, such as polio, mumps, and tetanus, that the State requires students to receive before starting school.
    • Some exemptions may apply.

    We will continue to keep our TUSD community informed as we receive additional information from the State.

    For more information: California Becomes First State in Nation to Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Schools

    Marie Russell
    Chief Communication Coordinator

Mobile Vaccine Clinic Information

  • Save the Date: Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA) will be at Turlock High School on Nove,ber 16 and Pitman High School on November 23 for Mobile Vaccine Clinics from 3:00-6:00 PM in the school cafeterias.

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