Resolution 13: Supporting the Governor’s Executive Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Students
Redwood City School District
Supporting the Governor’s Executive Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Students
Whereas, on August 11, 2021, Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer stated, “There’s no substitute for in-person instruction, and California will continue to lead the nation in keeping students and staff safe while ensuring fully open classrooms”; and
Whereas, students in the Redwood City School District and school districts across the county and state, continue to contract COVID-19 or are close contacts of those with COVID-19 and miss precious days and weeks of in-person learning; and
Whereas, community fear of transmission among students and staff leads schools to enforce additional safety measures and limit opportunities for their students to fully engage in many of the opportunities that have traditionally accompanied the school experience; and
Whereas, along with other districts in San Mateo County and the state, the Redwood City School District has worked hard to implement a layered approach to COVID-19 safety measures in order to keep students and staff safe and avoid the spread of COVID-19 in its schools; and
Whereas, although these safety measures are effective at limiting the spread of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health agencies have stated that vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent the contraction and spread of COVID-19; and
Whereas, on August 11, 2021, Governor Newsom stated, “vaccinations are how we will end this pandemic”; and
Whereas, on October 1, 2021, Governor Newsom announced the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for in-person school attendance; and
Whereas, the requirement will be phased in by grade level, beginning with grades 7-12, as the COVID-19 vaccine receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the corresponding age group; and
Whereas, the Governor directed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to add, through the legislative process, the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required for school attendance under the California Health and Safety Code; and
Whereas, the vaccination requirement is expected to apply to students starting July 1, 2022.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Redwood City School District Board of Education applauds the Governor’s announcement of a vaccination requirement for in-person school attendance and encourages the Governor and Legislature to work together to make full vaccination against COVID-19 a requirement for students to attend school in California.
Adopted, signed, and approved this _______ day of October, 2021, by the Board of Trustees of the Redwood City School District in San Mateo County, California.