Dear TUSD Families,
Last week, two important developments came from state officials regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. To summarize the information below, there is no COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students in the 2022-23 school year. Please read below for more details on the latest news.
- California Department of Public Health announced Governor Newsom will delay his plan to create a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students via regulation, pending full FDA approval of the vaccine. To ensure sufficient time for successful implementation of new vaccine requirements, California will not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine for the 2022-2023 school year and as such, any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023 (https://bit.ly/3xwCylu).
- Sen. Richard Pan (SD 6) announced he has paused Senate Bill 871, which would have added COVID-19 vaccinations to the list of required immunizations for school-aged children, without a personal belief exemption (https://bit.ly/3xwLBmb).
Once vaccines are fully approved for students younger than 16, CDPH officials say they will consider the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians before potentially implementing a vaccination requirement.
We will continue to keep our families informed should we receive any further information from the state regarding COVID-19 updates.
Tim Stowe, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools