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CCSA President and CEO Myrna Castrejón Responds to Governor Newsom’s Order Requiring Teacher Vaccination or Weekly COVID-19 Testing

August 12, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA  California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s announcement of a California Department of Public Health order requiring teachers and school staff provide proof of vaccination or are tested weekly for COVID-19.

Said Ms. Castrejón: 

“CCSA supports the order by the California Department of Public Health to mitigate transmission and ensure a safe return to in-person learning. We urge all educators and school staff to get vaccinated to keep themselves and the students in their care safe.”

“The recent surge in pediatric COVID-19 cases is a reminder that we cannot let our guard down and we must continue to follow evidence-based guidance from public health agencies. The science shows that vaccinations protect adults and adolescents from the most serious COVID-19 health complications and keeping our families, communities and schools safe is a responsibility for all of us, and we must each do our part. 

“COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective for those over 12 years of age. I hope that all who are medically able will choose to be vaccinated, it is an important tool in our toolkit to bring an end to this terrible pandemic and keep students in schools.”

CCSA represents approximately 1,300 charter public schools across California. Charters are free, public and open to all students. Charter schools are independently operated and built on the belief that every student should have the chance to go to a high-quality public school that puts their needs first, regardless of zip code, income or academic ability level. California’s charter schools are diverse and serve a population that mirrors traditional district schools.