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Cheree McKean, Ed.D.
Director of Care, Connection, and Wellbeing

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Tel.: (760) 726-2170

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VUSD Employee CPR CLASSES 2023-2024


COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

Over the past few weeks our county has seen a rise in the COVID-19 cases.  Based on guidance from the local health officials, places of business, including schools, should report clusters of positive cases to San Diego's Epidemiology Department to determine if there is a local outbreak.  If a classroom has multiple cases and an outbreak is determined, Vista Unified will work with the health department to review next steps.  Those steps may include masking while indoors, increased ventilation, and additional cleaning procedures.

We can all do our part by staying home when sick and testing for COVID-19.  Students with symptoms should not return to school until they have tested negative for COVID-19 and have improved symptoms.  All positive test results should be reported to the school.  With your help, we can work together to keep COVID-19 out of our schools.

COVID-19 Resources:  

Guidance for K-12 Schools and Child Care Settings to Mitigate the Spread of Communicable Diseases, 2023-2024 School Year

CA Safe Schools for All Parent Page

Snapshot of State and County Requirements on Masking, Testing, and Notification

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The presence of unlocked guns in homes increases the risk of both unintentional gun injuries and intentional shootings.

An excerpt from a letter to families from Dr. Matt Doyle, Superintendent of Schools:

“Providing our students and staff with safe educational environments remains a top priority for the School Board of Trustees.  At the May 5, 2022 school board meeting, the Board of Trustees took a bold stand against violence and adopted a Resolution Supporting Safe Gun Storage

“Vista Unified School District is dedicated to taking necessary steps in ensuring our campuses are safe from the threat of gun violence.  Through education to our school community and awareness to our parent partners, we are dedicated to supporting safe gun storage.”

Learn more about what you can do! 

Besmartforkids - A campaign to launch awareness that secure gun storage - strong guns locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition - can save children;’s lives.  

Everytown for gun safety  - Started by the families of Sandy Hook Elementary, Everytown for Gun Safety is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America.  

Safe Storage of Firearms, San Diego Municipal Code section 53.17 

The City of San Diego statute makes it unlawful for any person to keep a firearm within any residence unless the firearm is stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock approved by the California Department of Justice.

Criminal Storage of a Firearm, California Penal Code section 25100(A)

This State statute makes it a crime to store a loaded firearm on any premises under your control, knowing or reasonably should have known, a child is likely to gain access to the firearm, and the child gains access causing death or great bodily injury.


Educating Parents on the Fentanyl and Opioid Epidemic

Today’s youth are our future and Vista Unified is committed to educating its learners and families about the dangers of synthetic drugs, especially fentanyl.   Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and a tiny amount can kill an adult. 


Family Resources

Here are some resources for families on the negative effects of fentanyl and other harmful substances on our children and the community.  
Fentanyl and Other Drugs: Prevention and Awareness Resource Guide | post (

San Diego County of Education

Vista Unified Presents,  
  An Evening with Rocky Herron

Vista Unified held a Community Forum to discuss the dangers of opioids and fentanyl in English on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 6:00-7:30 pm See the recording of this event below.