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Governor Newsom announced on October 1 2021, that COVID-19 vaccines will be added to the list of required vaccinations for children age 12 and older, once the vaccine is fully authorized. The Governor also announced that school employees will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Medical, religious, and personal belief exemptions will apply. 

According to the announcement, the mandates could occur as early as January 1, 2022, or July 1, 2022, once the vaccine is authorized. The state will provide more information about this timing when available.  

For now, all of our current HBCSD COVID-19 precautions and processes remain in place.


Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) list of local locations for COVID-19 vaccinations

OCDE Newsroom COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 District Information

Students, with parent/guardian oversight, should complete a symptom self-assessment each day, prior to arrival at school. 

Students with a fever of 100.4 or higher or any COVID-19 symptoms including chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle or body aches, the new loss of smell/taste, vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea must stay home. If your student is sick, please consult with your health care provider.

Student Symptom Decision Tree

Staff Symptom Decision Tree

Should your child exhibit any of the symptoms identified in the decision tree, please keep them at home and contact the school.

Requirements

The July 12, 2021 updated K-12 school guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires that students wear masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and adults are required to wear masks while indoors at schools when in the presence of students, regardless of vaccination status.  Masks are not required outdoors. Allowable medical face mask exemptions in place last school year will continue. The current universal mask requirement is still in place and until the CDPH requirement changes, the District is required to enforce the universal mask requirement, as indicated in this letter from CDPH.

CDPH goes on to state that “consistent with guidance from the 2020-2021 school year, schools must develop and implement local protocols to enforce the mask requirements. Additionally, schools should offer alternative educational opportunities for students who are excluded from campus because they will not wear a face covering.” 

CDPH School Guidance FAQs

Enforcement Procedures

HBCSD’s objective for mask enforcement will prioritize maintaining student access to instruction to the greatest extent possible through consistent compliance with the CDPH mask requirement. All students will be treated with respect and sensitivity as mask requirements will be progressively enforced.  Mask enforcement will not be a disciplinary issue, but one of choice, education, and consequence related to compliance with the state’s requirement. 

  • Every effort will be made to provide increased outdoor learning opportunities for students, where masks are not required.  
  • A disposable mask will be provided if the student does not have one.
  • Should a student (or a student directed by their parent/guardian) refuse a mask, administrators will counsel the student on the importance of using and wearing a mask while indoors.
  • Should a student (or a student directed by their parent/guardian) continue to refuse to wear a mask indoors, site administrators will contact parents/guardians.
  • Continued refusal by a student (or a student directed by their parent/guardian to refuse) to wear a mask indoors will result in an offer of enrollment in the virtual independent study program. 
  • Should a student (or student directed by their parent/guardian) continue to refuse despite repeated counsel, support, and opportunities to comply, they will be excluded from attending school due to failure to comply with CDPH mandated health and safety protocols. 
  • Exclusion from school, for this reason, would be recorded as an unexcused absence and ultimately lead to a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). 
  • At any time during this process, a student may choose to comply with the mask requirement and resume regular attendance in-person at school, without restrictions.
  • Notwithstanding the above, for students eligible for special education services, refusal to wear a mask indoors shall be addressed through the IEP team meeting process, and decisions regarding enrollment in a virtual independent study program or exclusion from school will be made by the IEP team, with consideration given to the students’ disability and ability to access special education services.

HBCSD understands that families may have different views and experiences related to public health orders and guidance issued by state officials.  The Orange County Health Care Agency, the Orange County Department of Education, and all local boards and schools in Orange County must implement and enforce the requirements required by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the new K-12 school guidance and may not implement policies that are less restrictive than the requirements by CDPH which are enforceable under the California Emergency Services Act, Government Code 8665.

To share input regarding the K-12 school guidance and public health orders mandating masks indoors, please contact the following state officials:

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Office of the Governor

California Representatives