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California Vaccine Requirement Update
Posted 10/1/21

Dear CUSD Families,

Governor Newsom announced today that COVID-19 vaccines will be added to the list of required school vaccinations. In part, the Governor’s announcement includes the following:

  • COVID-19 vaccine requirements will apply to all “pupil[s] of any private or public elementary or secondary school[s].” (HSC section 120335(b)).
  • This mandate will be a condition of in-person attendance. (HSC section 120335(f)). A student who is not vaccinated may remain enrolled in independent study, but may not attend in-person instruction.
  • Requirements established by regulation, not legislation, must be subject to exemptions “for both medical reasons and personal beliefs.” (HSC section 120338).
  • Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and k-6).
  • The regulations will take effect at the start of the following term, meaning either January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. (Education Code 37200). This will also give both parents and schools sufficient time to prepare and implement.
  • The Governor has also directed that adults be held to at least the same standards as students for the COVID-19 vaccine. While currently, California requires all K-12 staff to verify their vaccination status or be tested weekly, all staff will be required to be vaccinated no later than when the requirement takes effect for students

You can read more information about the Governor’s announcement here.


There are many unanswered questions and we will keep you updated as we learn more.


Thank you,


Ryan Burris
Chief Communications
and Public Engagement Officer