Learning Safely in 2021-22

October 29 Community Update

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District Prepares to Host Vaccination Clinic for Children 5-11 Years Old

Redwood City School District (RCSD) is one of a handful of San Mateo County school districts that will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for 5-11 year olds in November. On October 26, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended to the FDA emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine in children 5-11 years old. It is expected that the FDA will grant approval this coming week. In anticipation of FDA approval, organizations throughout San Mateo County, including schools, are planning for mass vaccination clinics.

RCSD Vaccination Clinic:

RCSD will host its clinic on Thursday, November 18 at Hoover Community School. The event will take place after school from 2 to 7 p.m. All families will need to register their children for vaccination prior to the event. In the coming weeks, RCSD will provide information to all families on how to register. The event is open to all 5-11 year olds in San Mateo County.

Children who receive their first dose on November 18 will be able to come back to Hoover Community School for their second dose on Thursday, December 9. Hoover Community School is located at 701 Charter St.

The vaccination clinic at Hoover is one of many options for vaccinating children in San Mateo County. Other options include healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other county and community clinics. San Mateo County Health will be posting these options on its website.

Education Resources:

Earlier this week, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) hosted

a webinar with San Mateo County Health addressing the latest COVID-19 community trends, strategies for safe schools, and vaccination updates. The event helped parents with answers to questions they may have had about the vaccination. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish was provided.

A similar event will take place next week in Spanish with Stanford Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, community pediatricians, and local health officers. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 4, at 6pm. Simultaneous interpretation in English will be provided.

Other resources for parents include tips from Johns Hopkins Medicine and a series of flyers from the San Mateo County Office of Education that share some of the reasons for children and youth to be vaccinated as well as myths and facts about the vaccine.

The Roadmap to Learning Safely During My New School Year updates is a service of the RCSD Department of Communications in collaboration with district administrators leading COVID response to keep the RCSD community informed in 2021-22. The RCSD community is encouraged to visit the Roadmap to Learning Safely During My New School Year page on the school district’s website as new guidance provided to RCSD will be uploaded as soon as it becomes available.

Redwood City School District

RCSD is an award-winning PreK-8 district serving Redwood City and portions of Atherton, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Woodside.