Superintendent’s Message – Jan. 27th – Vaccination Requirements

Thursday, February 17th, 2022 - Posted in COVID

January 27, 2022

 

Dear PUSD Families,

I am writing to provide you with an update on PUSD’s student COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

At its January 26th meeting, the PUSD Board of Education approved a Revised Administrative Regulation 5141.31 – Immunizations, which removes the COVID-19 vaccination from our list of required vaccinations for enrollment. The District’s goal, shared by the Board of Education, administrative team, teachers and staff, is to keep our schools and community as safe as possible for in-person instruction. The District believes that students benefit exponentially more from an in-person educational experience than an Independent Study Program. Because of this, and our incredibly high vaccination rates, the decision was made to remove COVID-19 from the Regulation until the California Department of Public Health and the State of California adds it to the list of required immunizations as found in Health and Safety Code 120335; 17 CCR 6025, Education Code, California Legislation and/or by Executive Order of the Governor. 

At this time, the District finds no educational value in transferring vaccine-hesitant students into an Independent Study program when we are experiencing a remarkably high vaccination rate across all campuses. The District reached its goal of keeping our schools and community as safe as possible with a vaccination rate of 98% and is extremely proud of the efforts of our families and students to keep our schools open for in-person learning.

In addition to the revised regulation, the Board also approved a Resolution thanking the Piedmont community for its partnership and urging the State Legislature to quickly include the COVID-19 vaccine among the list of required immunizations for school enrollment. The Resolution will be sent to Sacramento and to Alameda County. 

While no longer required, the COVID-19 vaccine remains the safest and most effective way to keep our schools safe and open to in-person instruction. Please feel free to contact my office or your school Health Clerk if we can be of any assistance in answering your questions, or providing resources for your family. 

Thank you for your attention and continued support.

Sincerely,

Randall Booker

Superintendent

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