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San Dieguito Union High School District Community,
 
Happy October! A lot has gone on this past week at the state and local level that will impact our SDUHSD community so I wanted to share some highlights below to keep you apprised:
 
  • Permanent Superintendent Search
    The deadline for applications for the SDUHSD superintendent position is this Monday, October 4, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and screened in closed session by the Board on October 6. The Board will proceed with interviews of the applicants starting October 8th in closed session as well as permitted under the Brown Act. The goal is to have a permanent superintendent selected by October 14, 2021. For more information, please review the SDUHSD Superintendent Search webpage.

  • Student Vaccination Mandate - Announcement from Governor Newsom: Link
Today, the Governor issued an announcement that he will direct the CDPH to take the steps needed under CA law to require COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the required vaccinations for students to attend public school, making California the first state to announce such measures. Per today’s announcement:

“Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6)”.

“The requirement will take effect at the start of the term following full approval of that grade span, to be defined as January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first.”

Because full FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccination currently only applies to individuals aged 16+, it is not anticipated that vaccination will be required until July 1st. Please click here to see the most current fact sheet issued by the state.
 
  • Virtual Board Meetings - AB 361
    On September 16, the Governor signed a bill that enables public entities to hold virtual board meetings as long as Emergency Orders are in place and other conditions are met. On September 30, the Board approved a resolution to continue virtual meetings.

    Some of the changes to be expected per AB 361 requirements:
      1. Requests for public comment will be submitted at the beginning of the meetings, instead of before the meetings. SDUHSD will have a form that individuals can complete to comment on closed and/or open session items.
      2. Board action is required every 30 days to review whether the virtual format is still warranted.
 
  • Safe Shelter Parking Lot
    On September 29, the Encinitas City Council voted to relocate the Safe Shelter Parking Lot from Leichtag to the Encinitas Community and Senior Center by Oak Crest. The Safe Shelter Parking space will have 25 cars during the hours of 6 pm to 7 am. The public shared comments pro and against the safe shelter parking lot and the proposal was approved by a 3:2 vote. On September 27, the SDUHSD Board reviewed the Encinitas City Council proposal and a resolution was approved opposing the city proposal until the City collaborated with the School District to learn more about the proposal’s impact on the Oak Crest Middle School. SDUHSD was not part of the City’s planning discussions. For more information, please visit the SDUHSD webpage listing agenda items.

  • College & Career Webinars (All will be recorded for future viewing)
10/4/21 - SDUHSD Financial Aid Night - 5 to 6 pm
10/12/21 - “Out-of-State Public & Private Universities” - 6:30 pm
10/12/21 - Military Service Academy Webinar - 6 to 8 pm
10/26/21 - “UC/Cal State Application Workshop” - 6:30 pm
Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources

Coping & Managing Stress

Feelings of stress, anxiety, or other depression-like symptoms are common reactions during and after the uncertainty of any natural or human-caused incident. Limiting exposure to media and creating a routine with opportunities for varied activities and breaks from "screen time" has been shown to assist people with coping. Here is an example of a suggested daily home schedule during school closure.
 
Talk with your family about how they are feeling and follow guidance to reduce the effects of stress on your physical and emotional health.
 
If there is acute distress,
  • Access & Crisis Line 1-888-724-7240
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517) Disaster Distress Helpline Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline  
  • 911 if emergency
 
  • For confidential non-emergency requests for school counseling supports, please contact your child's school site directly. 
  • For further mental health supports, SDUHSD partners with CareSolace, a no cost online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line (888) 515-0595 meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer 10 basic questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting CareSolace.

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Prevention of COVID-19

Prevention: How to Stay Healthy and Prevent the Spread of Virus
Please follow these approaches to protect yourself from the virus (CDPH, 2020):
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.  Review Handwashing: A Family Activity
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Additional Cleaning of Surfaces - Clean daily with an added emphasis on all high-touch surfaces (door handles, phones, etc.). 
Stay Home if you are Sick - As part of preventative measures recommended by the county and state public health departments, stay home if you are sick, especially if it includes a fever and/or coughing. Be sure to:
  • Remain at home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek immediate medical care by calling your physician if symptoms become more severe, such as with a high fever or if you have difficulty breathing. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your healthcare provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. CDC Resources for Home