Dear PUSD community
Thank you for your partnership as we welcomed our students back for a new school year. I walked many campuses these past few days and spent time in classrooms with teachers and students who were so excited to be back at school. I felt the same way. I am looking forward to the days and weeks ahead.
I wanted to ensure you received information regarding the Governor’s announcement Wednesday of a Health Order, issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that requires all public and private schools to verify the vaccination status of all their employees, contractors and service providers, as well as volunteers who are on our campuses. Individuals in those positions who are not fully vaccinated (or for whom vaccination documentation is not provided) are required to participate in COVID-19 testing at least once per week.
The Governor’s mandate aligns with our ongoing efforts to secure opportunities for employees and eligible students to get vaccinated. Thank you to the many employees who have taken advantage of the vaccination clinics hosted by PUSD in partnership with the ACPHD and City of Pleasanton. The public health department assures us that vaccinations are the best way to protect ourselves and one another, as well as to secure a safe learning environment for the students we serve.
We are very pleased with the vaccination rate data for Pleasanton residents 12-17 years of age. In that group, 88% have received at least one dose of the vaccine and over 72% are now fully vaccinated. Great Work! We are hopeful that FDA authorization for vaccinating our younger students will come soon. These efforts help keep programs open - including the extracurricular programs that mean so much to our students.
We encourage all community members to join us in support of this effort, as vaccines continue to be readily available. Our health department partners anticipate formal FDA approval for the COVID-19 vaccine within the next few weeks. We hope this will help those who may have concerns to join us in this effort to protect the community. We are in this together.
We will continue to provide access to the most current COVID-19 related information and resources on our website pusdedu.info/covid19.
Thank you for your continued support and collaboration towards ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for our students.
David Haglund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools