Message to Families
August 11, 2021
The school year is off to a great start and it has been wonderful to see students and staff back on campuses across the district. As we continue transitioning into our new normal, we are also mindful that COVID-19 is still in our community and that communities are seeing a rise in the Delta variant.
The purpose of this communication is to share three important messages:
COVID-19 Guidance: Since the beginning of the pandemic, MPUSD has always followed guidance from the California Department of Public Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Monterey County Public Health. As we have returned to school and positive cases are confirmed (to date all from community spread, not from contraction at school), we want to be sure families are aware of the guidance. Please find the updated COVID-19 School Opening and Safety Plan that was revised in July, posted on our website, and shared in the July Town Hall. Additionally, please find guidance from the Monterey County Office of Education regarding COVID-19 exposure and close contacts in English or Spanish.
Back-to-School Nights: While we would love to invite families back onto our campuses, the safety and well being of our community is a top priority. Accordingly, we are transitioning our Back-to-School Nights to a virtual experience in the interest of community health this year. As the year progresses, we will continue monitoring the state of our health and hopefully return to full in-person events and gatherings at our school.
Governor Newsom’s Public Health Order: Governor Gavin Newsom announced earlier this morning that California is implementing the first-in-the-nation measure to require teachers and school staff to get vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing. This public health order mandates all school staff to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. An overview of the order is highlighted in a news release. This new policy for public school staff takes effect tomorrow - August 12, 2021 - and all schools must be in full compliance by October 15, 2021.
Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we continue to pivot and navigate the emerging COVID-19 challenge. Moreover, we value your confidence in the district and your child’s school. If there is anything you or your student needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your teacher, your school principal or the district.