Dear WCCUSD Community:
I want to update you on the district’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate policy. On April 14, the California Department of Health Services announced the delay of implementation of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, stating that any [COVID-19] vaccine requirements would take effect no sooner than July 1, 2023.
Before this announcement, the district’s Board of Trustees adopted a motion to "align" the date of the district's vaccine mandate for students to the "date with the state." At the time the Board adopted this motion, the date was still projected to be July 1, 2022.
Because the State has moved the implementation date of any student COVID-19 vaccine requirements to “no sooner” than July 1, 2023, our District will align with the state’s date of July 1, 2023, as well. Students are not required to get the COVID-19 vaccine before that date.
We will share an update on the vaccination mandate for district employees, volunteers and vendors within the next couple of weeks.
Vaccination is part of the district’s comprehensive strategy to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the many variants, along with following state and local safety guidelines and conducting weekly testing. We continue to encourage all eligible students, employees, volunteers and vendors to get vaccinated.
Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst