On Monday, Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dana Eaton sent out a letter highlighting the District Board of Education has no plans to initiate their own independent mandate.
He also confirmed that according to sources, the mandate is unlikely to take effect this year and instead at the start of the 2022-23 school year.
“I was just trying to share what the governor has said so far and wanted to clarify to our community we have no plans for an independent vaccine mandate,” said Eaton. “We have received lots of questions and lots of rumors, but our board has shown no interest in their own independent mandate and are following guidance from the state.”
Here is the letter:
Dear Brentwood Union School District Community,
I am writing to give you an update on recent developments involving COVID-19 and guidance for schools. There has been a good deal of new information shared and we want to make sure you have the most accurate and up-to-date details.
The Governor recently announced a proposed mandate that would require all eligible students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend public or private school in person. He announced that this mandate would be in place once vaccines get full federal approval. This was confusing to many in our community as it sounded like it might happen very soon. Sources from both the state and the county health department have been telling us that this is unlikely to take effect until at least the start of the 2022-23 school year. Our Board of Education has no plans to initiate their own independent mandate, and have been clear that they will follow the guidelines as laid out by state and county health experts. As soon as we get more information, we will share that out with everyone.
The Pfizer Vaccine just received emergency use authorization for 5–11-year-olds. Vaccines for ages 5 and up are free and widely available now at drugstores, retail stores and health providers. The Contra Costa County Health Department has put together a list with multiple locations where families can schedule appointments for vaccinations. Our district is also working with the County Health Department to set up a vaccination clinic at the Edna Hill Middle School where parents can choose to bring in their children for voluntary vaccinations. Those first dates are scheduled to be November 15th and 19th and more information will be coming to all families very soon.
Thank you for taking the time to read these updates and we will be sending more information out as it becomes available to us.
Dana Eaton, Ed.D
Superintendent, Brentwood Union School District