SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement after the announcement by the California Department of Public Health to delay the implementation of a student COVID-19 vaccine requirement:
“Today’s announcement to postpone the timeline is the right thing to do and we applaud it. This provides adequate time for full FDA approval, regulation planning, and input from key stakeholders. More than ever, families and schools need to plan thoughtfully about decisions that could impact the delivery model that they choose for their kids and schools need to staff and budget adequately for those choices, avoiding mid-year transitions that can devastate learning continuity.
“This is particularly critical for highly impacted communities of color who have suffered disproportionately from learning loss and adverse health impacts. Our collective focus should always be squarely on the health and safety of students, school staff, keeping schools open, and our kids learning.”