IUSD is closely monitoring the COVID-19 health crisis and created this resource page to keep our community informed and connected. On this page, you will find updates, information and resources, frequently asked questions (FAQ), links to expert health agencies, and an archive of District communications in English, Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (simplified and traditional), and Spanish.
Update 8/1/21: IUSD is developing a welcome back health and safety resource guide the 2021-22 school year. Please check back later this week for more information.
Update 7/16/21: There has been some misinformation online and on social media that school districts do not have to follow the California Department of Public Health's universal mask mandate. Please note that universal masking is required for California and Orange County K-12 schools to begin the 2021-22 school year in person, which has been affirmed in a joint statement by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). The statement reads in part:
"Over the past weeks, guidelines have been issued at the federal and state level regarding indoor mask-wearing requirements for students and staff in schools. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published K-12 school guidance for the 2021-22 school year, in the United States health is a function of each state and each state has the authority to determine and implement its own guidance. The new California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance released on Monday, July 12, 2021 states “K- 12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face-mask guidance” and that “adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students”. Universal masking is also required on buses and during field trips that are indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors, including athletic events. All Orange County schools must follow the regulations requiring universal masking indoors for students and staff in TK-12 schools to begin the 2021-22 school year and until guidance is subsequently revised."
Click here to read the full joint statement from the OCHCA and OCDE.
Update7/14/21: On Monday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated guidance for all California K-12 schools. This guidance is a mandated public health directive, which all California K-12 schools must be in compliance with to provide a pathway for students to return to a traditional, five-days per week, in-person academic model of instruction. Click here for a summary of the updated state guidelines and for a message from IUSD.