On Friday, October 1, 2021, Governor Newsom announced a potential statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for K-12 students. Unfortunately, this announcement made during the Governor's press conference was not supported by the written order, which has created a sense of unease and lack of clarity. To clarify, Lake Elsinore Unified School District is not currently required to mandate COVID 19 vaccinations for purposes of student enrollment. To date, the District has not received the requirements for implementation or exemptions that would apply to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students expected to take effect after full FDA approval.
Currently, there are legal actions in the California Courts regarding mandates for K-12 around pandemic regulations such as vaccines, masks, and quarantining. We recognize our families' vested interest in legislative changes that impact education and encourage our families to utilize advocacy channels that will help their voices be heard. To locate your local legislative representative, please click on the link: https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/. The California Department of Public Health can be reached at (916)558-1784.
We appreciate the respectful communication we have received from families regarding their beliefs about guidelines and parental rights. We are committed to working with our families to navigate this process and voice the concerns expressed to our educational partners and legislators.
We will continue to update our families and staff with the latest information as it becomes available.
To access a copy of the Governor's press release announcing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for schools, please visit the link below: