The Irvine Unified School District is committed to safely serving our students, while helping to ensure the health and wellbeing of those on our campuses. Below is a resource guide for the 2021-22 school year, which is aligned to the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines for TK-12 schools.
Health guidelines At-A-Glance
Update 4/15: The California Department of Public Health announced on Thursday, April 14 that there will not be a vaccine mandate for students for the 2022-23 school year and that any state requirement for students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 would not take effect before July 1, 2023. Additionally, Senate Bill 871, which would have removed personal and religious belief waivers, requiring all California students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in 2023, has been withdrawn.
When Gov. Gavin Newsom previously announced plans to add the COVID-19 shot to the list of required vaccinations for K-12 students, the state said full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was a precondition to starting the process. However, at this time, federal officials have yet to fully authorize any vaccine for students under the age of 16. Even if that changes between now and the next school year, that would not leave enough time to implement a requirement.
As a result, the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency will “not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 school year.”
You may also find ongoing updates and information on the District’s COVID-19 resource page.