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Superintendent's Message - Student Vaccine Mandate

Dear EMUHSD Families, Students and Staff,
 
I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for continuing to work together this school year to overcome the challenges we have faced as a result of the pandemic. 
 
Although we are still in an unprecedented time, our continued work together will support and benefit the health and wellness of our students and staff. We know it has not been easy and our mission remains the same for 2022 and beyond. Our school staff is ready to support and guide our students with services and resources, based on need.
 
As we enter winter break, I want to share some important information with you:
 
Student Vaccine Mandate
 
On December 9, 2021, the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees was provided with an update and presented data regarding the vaccination status of our staff, students, and other important information related to the District’s efforts in promoting vaccination clinics within the school community. The information provided will be used to inform future decisions around the safety protocols we are currently executing, including the student vaccine mandate.  
 
Our Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. to consider a Resolution to delay the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students to the 2022-2023 school year. Please take the opportunity to review the linked information for your own knowledge.
 
In response to the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting, all students who remain unvaccinated and are scheduled for in-person learning for the second semester will report to their school on January 3, 2022, regardless of their vaccination status. Once the Board makes a decision on delaying the student vaccine requirement to the 2022-2023 school year, the District will immediately inform parents/guardians and students of the decision and what will be required of them.  
 
Holiday Health & Safety Reminders
 
With an increase in vaccination rates in our community, we are in a much better place than we were last year at this time. During the holidays, we want to remind you that our goal is to continue in-person instruction for our students and encourage all families to get their children vaccinated. We can all play a role in ensuring this continues by remembering the following:

  • Wear your mask indoors
  • If you are sick, do not attend gatherings or celebrations. We highly recommend that you get a COVID test. Tests are available through https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/
  • If you are vaccinated and it has been six months since you last got vaccinated, please get a booster shot.
  • Your student has access to Hazel Health at Home throughout this school year, including during winter break when school is closed. Hazel Health provides all students with health visits by licensed medical providers, using phone or video from the comfort of your home. If you have any health concerns for your child over the winter break, click here to message a Hazel doctor instantly

Vaccination Clinics
 
The clinics held at our high schools last week provided over 100 vaccinations for our parents, staff, students and community members. We will continue to share information on local vaccination clinics. If you are not yet vaccinated, please get vaccinated. Vaccination appointments are always available and can be made by going to https://myturn.ca.gov/.
 
Happy Holidays
 
I want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday. We are excited for the opportunities the new year will bring us and we look forward to seeing you back on January 3, 2022.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Edward A. Zuniga, Ed.D
Superintendent

 

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