2021-22 School Year

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Nov. 30, 2021: Vaccination Opinion Survey

November 30, 2021

Q. Is Clovis Unified conducting an opinion survey about California’s impending vaccination mandates?
A. Yes, to help inform our conversations with and answer questions from public officials and agencies the District is conducting a voluntary opinion survey of staff and parents between November 30 – December 6, 2020.

Q. Will my responses to this survey be shared with anyone at my school or members of the public?
A. The survey results will be used to understand public opinion as a whole by school and in the district as a whole. Individually identifiable responses on this survey will not be shared with school site personnel or be subject to public records requests, nor will they be shared with any other agency.

Q. If I respond to the survey, does my response give the district permission to take any action related to my or my child’s vaccination status?
A. No. This is solely a survey to share your opinion with the Governing Board and Administration.

Q. Why can I complete the survey multiple times?
A. Each individual survey can have its original response overwritten with a new response through December 6 at 5:00 p.m. However, only the last response linked to that survey will be recorded.

Nov. 5, 2021: Youth Vaccination Updates

November 5, 2021

Wondering about vaccination requirements for school children?
There’s a lot in the news about COVID-19 vaccinations for children, and we understand that may have parents asking how this impacts California’s education plans, and in particular, Clovis Unified’s plans. In addition to the timeline below outlining key dates about youth vaccinations and educator testing, the following are answers to questions we have been hearing. (Keep checking back for updates and more FAQs as we continue to monitor the evolving conditions at: https://www.cusd.com/2021-22SchoolYear.aspx. We are committed to keeping you informed!)

Q: How does the recent FDA Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 vaccination for children 5-11 years old affect my Clovis Unified experience?
A: COVID-19 vaccinations are not currently required for children attending Clovis Unified schools. The recent Oct. 29 FDA approval of the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, nor the May 10 FDA approval of Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine for kids 12 to 15, do not trigger Governor Newsom’s directive that California students be vaccinated.

In October, the Governor announced that sometime after the FDA gives Full Approval (and not Emergency Use approval) of the COVID-19 vaccination for children, that vaccination requirements for California students will be “phased-in by grade spans, grades K-6 and grades 7-12.” (See our news article here for more details on the Governor’s October announcement.) The dates of the FDA providing full approval or the implementation of the Governor’s mandate have not yet been announced by their offices.

The California Department of Public Health is currently developing the regulation directed by the Governor, a draft of which has not yet been released for the required public comment period.  

Q: In light of the FDA issuing Emergency Use Authorization COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds, is Clovis Unified conducting vaccinations on school campuses?
A: 
The district does not have plans to offer vaccinations at our school sites outside of voluntary family clinics hosted by community-based groups similar to those that have been offered in the past.
 
Q: Does the emergency permission form parents sign for schools to treat their student in an emergency mean schools can give students the vaccination?
A: 
No. The emergency permission for a school to treat a student in an emergency does not apply to COVID 19 vaccination.

Q: My child is 16, and the FDA has given Full Authorization for vaccination for ages 16 and above. Is my child now required to be vaccinated in order to attend school?
A: 
No, not at this time. The Governor’s vaccination and education plan says that the state’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will become effective only after full authorization is approved for kids, and that COVID-19 requirements will be phased-in by grade spans of grades K-6 and grades 7-12. Those dates are currently unknown. At this point, the Governor has indicated new COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students would not take effect in the middle of a school term (semester/quarter).

Q: Can I get my child vaccinated for COVID-19 now that the FDA has given Emergency Use Authorization for kids ages 5-15?
A: 
All children ages 5 and up are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Free vaccinations for children are being offered in the community, and parents are encouraged to discuss this with their child’s healthcare provider. Information is also available through the California Department of Public Health at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/ or to find a clinic or schedule an appointment visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/.

Q: How can I find out more about the FDA’s recent Emergency Use Authorization for kids?
A:
Visit: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use-children-5-through-11-years-age

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Nov. 3, 2021: CDPH Mask Mandate Update (click to expand)

November 3, 2021

In August 2021, CDPH stated its mandate to continue to require masks indoors in K-12 schools, and said it would determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations. On October 20, 2021, CDPH reaffirmed its current approach to COVID-19 prevention and containment in schools. The State is maintaining the universal indoor mask mandate in K-12 schools and will continue to monitor conditions.

Oct. 1, 2021: Governor Discusses Future Vaccine Mandates & Contact Tracing (click to expand)

October 1, 2021
 
  • Contact Tracing: Per FCDPH guidance, contact tracing is deferred in the first instance of a positive case in a classroom or co-curricular program so long as all students were masked and remain asymptomatic. If a second case is reported within a 2 week period that cannot be traced to a source outside of school, contact tracing and quarantine procedures are initiated.
  • Student & Staff Vaccinations: On Oct. 1, 2021, the Governor announced that he had directed that the health and safety code be updated to include a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all public, private and charter school students and also removed the testing option for educational employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated. The mandate for students will be effective the school term following when the COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the FDA, and the end to employees’ option to test rather than be vaccinated will also end at that time. We will continue to monitor the Governor’s mandate and provide updates as they become available.

2021-22 School Year

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Awaiting our students is an exciting school year of engaging learning, co-curricular activities, socialization and support.

To help prepare for the August 16 start of school, we want families to be aware of important measures in place to promote a successful return to full-time, in-person learning in Clovis Unified.  Please take a few minutes to review the video and information on this website about the steps we’re taking to create a healthy learning environment in Clovis Unified.
Details about classroom cleaning, meal service, contact tracing, mask requirements and exemptions, and co-curricular programs are all at your fingertips here.

It’s going to be a great year!

Review our COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

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