Jan. 13, 2021
Dear Superintendents and School Leaders,

I'm writing with updates on several COVID-19-related items that have arisen since my last message, as well as resources to support teaching about the impeachment process.

Vaccination Information
School staff who work in a health care setting (nurses, health techs, etc.) are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those employees may make an appointment to be vaccinated using this link. We have been advised that if there are not any available appointments, employees should check back, as more may become available.

The County of San Diego shared additional information on the vaccination rollout for educators in this week’s K-12 Education Sector telebriefing. View a video of the briefing here; access the presentation here.

Updated COVID-19-Related Materials
With the revised local health orders on quarantine and isolation, and with the pause of school employee-only COVID-19 testing sites, we have updated several key resources:

Contact Tracing Presentation
The County of San Diego School Response Team has shared this short PowerPoint presentation to assist schools in understanding and supporting the contact tracing process.

FFCRA Expiration Guidance
The U.S. Department of Labor has published guidance on the expiration of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19. This press release and these frequently asked questions (updated questions start at 104) offer additional guidance about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

I also want to draw your attention to several non-COVID-19 resources.

The San Diego County Office of Education team has curated resources to help educators teach about the impeachment process. Given the high levels of emotion from students and staff alike, it is especially important that educators create an environment that supports civil discourse. These materials may help.


Thank you for all you are doing during these unprecedented times. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need support.

Sincerely,
Paul

Dr. Paul Gothold
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
phone: 858-295-6641