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     Dear El Monte Union High School District Families, 

    On October 15, 2021, I shared information with you regarding the adoption of EMUHSD Resolution No. 13-21/22, Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations for Eligible Students. The Resolution was approved unanimously by our Board of Trustees on October 6, 2021, requiring all eligible students to be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022, to continue to take part in on-site or on-campus instruction. For student-athletes participating in district-sponsored athletic programs, students are required to be fully vaccinated by November 19. Enclosed is a copy of the Resolution for your information along with a document which includes most frequently asked questions related to the District’s student vaccine mandate. 

    To be considered fully vaccinated, two weeks must have passed after receiving the second dose of the vaccine or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Currently, Children 5 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. 

    Vaccinations are always free and open to anyone 5 years of age and older living or working in L. A. County regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites. Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more. 

    Families who choose not to vaccinate their student have the option to enroll them in the District’s Online Personalized Learning program to continue their coursework remotely. This program provides students with the same content available in the District’s comprehensive high schools through an online independent study curriculum. For district families interested in enrolling their child in our Independent Studies program for the second semester, please visit www.emuhsd.org/isenroll for more information. 

    The District will be accepting exemptions requests for medical reasons only. In order for students with certain medical conditions to be considered for exemption from the mandate, the student’s parent or guardian must first request an exemption for their child. Once this is completed, the District will contact the parent/guardian and provide them with the appropriate form to be completed and returned to the District prior to January 3, 2022. To request a medical exemption, please visit www.emuhsd.org/studentexemption for our online request form. 

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we thank you for your ongoing partnership and support as we continue to navigate through the challenges presented by COVID-19. 

    Sincerely, 

    Edward Zuniga, Ed.D. 

    Superintendent