Student Vaccination Requirement - Frequently Asked Questions
Will the District require students to be vaccinated?
Yes. As part of El Monte Union High School District’s efforts to provide the safest possible environment in which to learn and work, all students who attend in-person instruction on District property will be mandated to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 3, 2022, as a condition of participating in in-person instruction.
Are vaccines safe?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) have indicated that the currently available vaccines are proven to be safe and highly effective in protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death.
Will the District require student-athletes to be vaccinated prior to January 3, 2022?
Yes. Student-athletes who wish to participate in competitive sports will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 19, 2021
What does “Fully-Vaccinated” mean?
“Fully-vaccinated” refers to an individual who has received the first and second doses of the vaccine (Pfizer) and has completed the two-week period that follows to ensure maximum immunity. Students 18 years of age or older are also deemed “Fully Vaccinated” with a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and have completed the two-week period that follows.
Do students have to be vaccinated if they have already had COVID-19?
Yes, students are still required to get vaccinated to be fully protected against getting COVID-19. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, it is recommended that eligible individuals receive the vaccination as soon as their isolation is over and they no longer have symptoms.
Where can parents receive educational information about the vaccines and vaccination process?
The District continues to work alongside the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which provides important information on the vaccines and vaccination process. Further, the District’s student vaccination-related policies are consistent with the guidance and recommendations from other applicable public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please see this document for information on the COVID-19 vaccine provided by CDC.
What if a parent/guardian chooses not to vaccinate their child due to a disability/medical condition?
Although the District is requiring vaccines for students, parents may apply for a medical exemption for their child. The District will review the application to determine if the student is exempt from taking the vaccine due to disability or medical condition. The District will review completed applications and qualifying documentation to determine if an exemption exists to permit their child to continue in-person learning. However, children with qualifying medical exemptions are nonetheless encouraged to enroll in the District’s Independent Study program, which is discussed further below.
What if a parent/guardian chooses not to vaccinate their child due to a personal belief exemption?
The District will not accept any other exemptions at this time. The District offers an Independent Study (IS) through the Online Personal Learning program for any student during the 2021-2022 school year. Interested families and students may complete an interest form if they would like more information about the District’s Independent Study Program. The District’s IS interest form can be found here for families who are interested in enrolling their child in IS for the second semester. The District will host a series of parent/family forums on the District’s IS program. District Office personnel will contact any interested parent/guardian who completes an IS form to provide information on future forum dates.
What is the District's implementation timeline for this policy?
All students attending school for in-person instruction will be mandated to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 3, 2022.
Will the District continue COVID-19 testing after the vaccination policy goes into effect?
Yes. Unless or until notified otherwise, El Monte Union HSD will continue to provide weekly COVID testing on school campuses for students and employees who are not fully vaccinated. Please contact the District Office should you need additional information regarding the District’s current COVID testing options.
What if my child already submitted proof of the vaccination?
If your child has already provided proof of vaccination by submitting a copy of their vaccination card to the school’s health or activities office, no further action is required. Information submitted must include the dates when the vaccination was received. Parents or students may be required to provide additional documentation information if the initial submission was not sufficient.
How will parents submit proof of their child’s vaccination?
Students who did not submit documentation for proof of their COVID-19 vaccination at the start of the school year must upload any external vaccine verification through the District’s Online Verification form. An EMUHSD student email is required. Please click here to upload your vaccination verification: www.emuhsd.org/covidvaccine .
Please contact the District Office should you need any assistance in navigating the District’s Online Verification system.
Are fully vaccinated students currently required to take the COVID-19 booster?
No. At this time, COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are only available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are 65 years and older, age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, age 18+ who work in high-risk settings, or age 18+ who live in high-risk settings.
What are the consequences of a student failing to comply with the vaccine requirement?
Absent an approved medical exemption, students who are not fully vaccinated cannot continue to be enrolled in the District In-Person instructional program. District administration will meet with the parent/guardian to determine an alternative placement for the student. Re-entry will be granted to the student once they are fully vaccinated.
Will the District provide any COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students?
Yes. El Monte Union HSD is committed to providing ongoing vaccination clinics at District schools and facilities. The District recently hosted a vaccination clinic on October 16, 2021, at the El Monte Union High School District Office located at 3537 Johnson Avenue in the City of El Monte. The District also promotes various community clinics sponsored by partnering organizations. Please visit the District website for more information on vaccination clinics