Saddleback Valley PTA Council serves the schools in Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Our council represents 25 units and falls within the Fourth District PTA, California State PTA and National PTA.
Vaccine & Volunteer Update from SVUSD
Dear SVUSD Community,
I’m reaching out to follow-up on the message I sent on 10/1/21 regarding Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement announcement, as well as to share some additional updates.
As I shared on October 1, we are still processing the information regarding vaccine mandates for K-12 students to participate in in-person instruction. While we do not have much additional information at this point, I can share that:
SVUSD will not implement the vaccine mandate earlier than is required by the state.
Under the current order established by regulation, exemptions will be permissible for students. While we continue to wait for additional interpretation and guidance regarding exemptions, our understanding is that requirements established by regulation, not legislation, must be subject to exemptions. For exemptions to be limited, the legislature must take action, which has not happened at this time.
Please see this fact sheet with additional information.
We are aware of the integral role of volunteers across our District and understand the challenges created by limiting visitors on campus in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. As a result, a volunteer protocol has been established to begin allowing volunteers back on campus in a limited capacity.
On August 11, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued a Health Order requiring all employees in public and private schools serving students in grades TK through 12 to provide proof of full vaccination for the COVID virus or submit a weekly negative COVID test beginning October 15, 2021. The order can be found here: Order of State Public Health Officer
For the purposes of this order, “workers” includes “volunteers who are on site at a school campus supporting school functions.” This will include volunteering on campus at events such as banquets, working in snack bars at sporting events, chaperoning field trips, and all other volunteers.
The District is grateful for the many SVUSD volunteers that help make the school experience memorable for our students. We look forward to working with volunteers to continue supporting the schools and our students, while keeping everyone safe. This informational website (www.svusd.org/departments/facilities-operations-technology/safety/covid-19-volunteer-and-visitor-information) explains the SVUSD process for volunteering, providing proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test, as well as how to receive free tests from the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Visitors to school events do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
We will continue to notify you of any updates regarding vaccinations and other COVID-19 topics as they are available.
Crystal Turner, Ed.D.
A Message from SVPTA President
I know this year continues to throw curve balls our way, from new ways of doing things to the latest communication from Governor Newsome. We understand this is an extremely sensitive topic, we want you to know that we are here to support our units as we navigate the next few months. There is so much uncertainty surrounding this topic and as we all know, things are continuously changing. I know reactions to this announcement from the Governor vary, again this is a very personal & sensitive topic. As always, I welcome your questions & will work to get the answers for you.
I also want to remind everyone that as parents we are all allowed to have a voice and an opinion. You are your child’s greatest advocate. Here is a list of resources & constructive ways to advocate for your children.
The past 18 months have been so hard on everyone, I’m not sure any of us have fully processed how much COVID has impacted all of us. One goal of mine for this year, is no matter what, have PTA keep our focus on our incredible kids, to support them anyway we can & keep them in school full-time. We have done that to date, I’m so proud of all your PTA’s. You have provided so much normalcy for them. Let’s keep the positive momentum going & our focus on supporting all KIDS.
I also want to reiterate that myself & the SVPTA team are here for you. I want you to know that we are committed to supporting you. Again, we want to hear from you, I love hearing the positive, but I also want to know your concerns. I truly value all of you, you are incredible leaders, you have valuable perspectives & us working together is so important to me. I will also continue to work closely with the district to share your concerns. As information unfolds, I will make sure to convey accurate information & details to all of you. Again, I want to thank you all for your leadership, insight, patience & your heart for all the children in our district.
Michele Sparks, SVPTA President