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COVID-19 Information

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COVID Updates

Safety Comes First


As we enter the second half of the 2021-22 academic year, our number one priority continues to be keeping students, staff, and families safe, healthy, and able to attend class each day.

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Scientifically Backed Safeguards

 

Our schools have implemented a robust assortment of safety measures to protect students, staff, and families, including a massive investment in air filtration and other equipment. In fact, San Diego Unified has installed MERV-8 and MERV-13 filters at 195 locations across the district - more than 7,250 filters in all - to upgrade filtration in classrooms and offices.

 

The measures we employ to keep our students and staff safe are based on guidance from the best medical experts available: nationally-recognized scientists and doctors from UC San Diego.

 

We'd like to make our families aware of the substantial measures that have been put in place to protect the safety of all students, faculty, and staff on our campuses this year, including:

  • Upgraded HVAC filtration from MERV 8 to a MERV 13 or HEPA filter, exceeding current requirements
  • Portable air purifiers for areas not served by a MERV or HEPA filter
  • Face masks strongly recommended, with more than 1 million masks distributed to schools since reopening in April 2021
  • Handwashing stations and cleaning wipes in multiple locations
  • A particulate sensor and CO2 monitor at each site for monitoring the school’s indoor air quality
  • Electrostatic disinfecting sprayers for cleaning school buses
  • Protocols in place for contact tracing, should it be necessary
  • An up-to-date COVID dashboard on our website
  • Routine, on-site testing available for all students and school staff
  • Convenient opportunities for students and staff to get vaccinated at school sites, at least 7,000 vaccinations have been administered since November through UCSD vaccine van and Sharp pop-up clinic events

 
San Diego Unified wants every school to be a place of great teaching and learning, safety and wellness. Vaccinations are a crucial part of the multi-layered protection against COVID-19, and getting your student vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect against the spread of the virus.

The latest vaccine recommendation from the CDC means the vast majority of students in kindergarten through high school are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, signaling a major step toward preventing the spread of the virus in our community and nationwide.
 

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San Diego Unified School District supports this recommendation and has established a student vaccine mandate to protect the health of students and create a safe learning environment.
 
Consistent with the interest of promoting and protecting the health and safety of students, individual students will not be subject to the requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 until the student is in an age group that has received full FDA approval for vaccination. Currently, that only includes students age 16 and older. Please check our FAQ page for specific details.
 
We understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines for your children. Please click here for more information on the safety of the vaccinations. Families are encouraged to check with their healthcare providers about getting the vaccine as soon as possible. 

MyTurn.ca.gov offers information about getting a vaccine through walk-in and scheduled appointments. Click here for information on where to get a free vaccine elsewhere in the community.

Our community health partners plan to supplement vaccine availability by offering free vaccine clinics on school sites. Check here frequently for current schedules and updates. 

 

 
In addition to our other safety precautions, regular on-site testing provides an added layer of protection for our students, staff, and school communities.
 
Students and staff are encouraged to get tested at their school by opting in to regular, on-site testing through Responsive Lab Partners. To opt in to testing, visit the Primary Health Portal to register for an account for your child. Please sign the consent in the portal and select the school that your child attends.

 
Thank you for doing your part to keep our schools open and ready to support students every day. We look forward to a safe and successful year!

 

 

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, the CDC continues to recommend you wear the most protective mask you can, that fits well and that you will wear consistently.

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San Diego Unified no longer requires but strongly recommends proper fitting masks be worn at all times by anyone who enters a school campus or is on district property, including students, staff, visitors and parents/guardians or others. 

 

A variety of high-grade face masks continue to be available for students and staff, including disposable surgical masks and reusable KF94, KN95 and N95 masks.

 

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