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COVID Updates for 2021-22 School Year
Posted 7/23/21

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued updated guidance for all California K-12 schools. While we continue to review and seek clarification on the new guidance, below are highlights of the COVID-19 safety protocols and operations required for all California schools.


  • Students and staff will not be required to wear masks or physically distance while outdoors  

  • In-person instruction can occur without physical distancing when universal masking is in place

  • Students are required to wear masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status

  • When in the presence of students, staff is required to wear masks while indoors at schools, regardless of vaccination status 

  • School bus: masks required for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status

  • Allowable face mask exemptions in place last school year will continue (however, a face mask exemption form will need to be submitted again for 2021-22)

While California school districts must follow the state guidance, CDPH states it will reassess conditions and determine whether to change mask guidelines by November 1. For questions or concerns related to the mandated CDPH health directives, contact the CDPH directly.


COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone age 12 and older. This vaccine is not required for participation in our schools, although public health authorities encourage the vaccine as an additional layer of safety. Parental consent is required for minors and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to receive the vaccine. 

Vaccines are available through medical providers, clinics, and local pharmacies. Find details at COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Channels. For additional information, visit the Orange County Healthcare Agency Vaccine Resources Webpage or call the COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Please encourage your child to continue to follow all of the good hygiene practices and stay home when sick. 


As always, we appreciate your partnership and look forward to your student returning to full time, in-person instruction on August 23 (or August 11 for Early College High School). We will continue to monitor any updates and revisions from the California Department of Public Health and to keep you informed.