Important Updates from EUSD
May 21, 2021
Updates in this communication include:
- Updated Decision Tree
- Vaccinations for Individuals Age 12 and Older
Decision Tree Updates
The San Diego County Office of Education, in coordination with San Diego County Health and Human Services, has created decision trees as a document to inform decisions around individuals with symptoms and/or COVID-19 exposures. The decision trees in both English and Spanish have been updated to clarify the types of COVID-19 tests required. Specifically, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are required. Additionally, the decision tree has the latest information regarding quarantine options for persons exposed to COVID-19. This now allows districts to exclude personnel from work or school from quarantining when they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
Vaccinations for Individuals age 12 and older
As you may be aware, the COVID-19 vaccination is now available to all individuals age 12 and older. This means that some of our sixth grade students and older siblings are eligible to receive the vaccine.
The decision to vaccinate your child is a personal choice and is not a requirement to attend school. The County of San Diego offers these reasons why young people should get a vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are the safest way to acquire protection from the COVID-19 virus. While less likely, young people may still suffer serious symptoms or long-term effects from COVID-19 disease. Finally, student vaccinations protect the students and individuals around them.
At this time, the vaccine created by Pfizer is the only one available to individuals ages 12 to 17. Individuals in this age group receive the same two-dose vaccine that adults receive. If you plan to get your child vaccinated, first check with your healthcare provider for availability. If you cannot get a vaccination from a healthcare provider, visit myturn.ca.gov or the County of San Diego vaccination website, or check with your local pharmacy or community clinic.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination process, please visit the county’s resource webpage.