You may have heard the recommendations announced yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxing face covering guidelines for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, suggesting they may be removed in most but not all indoor and outdoor settings.
While this is encouraging (and exciting), it’s important to remember that we are still required to comply with state and local health orders, which have not yet relaxed their requirements on face covering guidance for indoor settings or for schools. Until that time, all of our educational facilities will continue to adhere to state and local requirements, which continue to require the use of face coverings by all individuals while on school property.
We will continue to monitor the state’s guidance as they are likely to make changes in response to the CDC’s recommendations, and will keep you posted on any changes that impact school operations.
Also, as you may be aware, the COVID-19 vaccination is now available to all individuals age 12 and older. This means that some of our students are eligible to receive the vaccine.
The decision to vaccinate your child is a personal choice and is not a requirement to attend school. The County of San Diego offers these reasons why young people should get a vaccine:
COVID-19 vaccines are the safest way to acquire protection from the COVID-19 virus
While less likely, young people may still suffer serious symptoms or long-term effects from COVID-19 disease
Younger adult age groups tend to get infected first and spread the infection to more vulnerable members of our community.
The more vaccinated individuals our community has, the less opportunity there is for variant strains to spread or occur
At this time, the vaccine created by Pfizer is the only one available to individuals ages 12 to 17. Individuals in this age group receive the same two-dose vaccine that adults receive.
If you plan to get your child vaccinated, first check with your healthcare provider for availability. If you cannot get a vaccination from a healthcare provider, visit myturn.ca.gov or the County of San Diego vaccination website, or check with your local pharmacy or community clinic.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination process, please visit the county’s resource webpage.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Feeley, Executive Director