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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