August 2022
Hello Parents,
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
Keeping our schools open for in-person learning is Vista Unified’s top priority and takes us all.  Although COVID-19 might be here for another school year, we continue to implement new methods and tools to decrease its impact on the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.  


Vista Unified will continue to follow isolation, quarantine, and testing direction from the CDPH and the SDCOE COVID-19 Decision Tree for K-12 Schools.  VUSD must also align its health and safety practices to the CalOSHA guidelines for employees.  A new decision-making tool from SDCOE is provided to assist with student and employee recommendations and requirements based on scenarios.  

Close Contacts - The definition of close contact had a slight change for adults and now aligns with the definition for students.  A close contact is defined as a person who shared a common indoor airspace with a person who was contagious with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.  

When a student is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, a “share the air” letter will be sent from the school.  Exposed students are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 on days three, four, or five from the last day of exposure to the positive person.  It is also strongly recommended that exposed students wear a well-fitting mask indoors around others for at least 10 days following the date of last exposure.  

When an adult is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, a “share the air” letter will be sent from HR.  All adult close contacts are required to test on days three, four, or five and must wear a mask when indoors through day 10 from the last day of exposure.  

Weekly Testing Requirements -  The requirement for unvaccinated employees to test weekly is still in effect.   The state public health officer order requires K-12 workers (including employees, volunteers, and contractors) to submit evidence of full vaccination or submit to weekly testing. When asked about the future of this requirement, CDPH will only say that it is still in effect.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our schools safe learning environments for our students.



One way to keep our schools safe during this time is through mitigating strategies proven to be effective. These include:
Vaccinations and boosters
Optimizing indoor air quality
Clean facilities
Using face masks
Getting tested for COVID-19
Maintaining clean hands
Managing individuals with symptoms



Let's Get Vista Vaccinated

Being fully vaccinated continues to be the best way to combat the COVID-19 virus. Now, everyone six months of age and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Booster shots are also available.   
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 Additional Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California's Safe Schools for All Hub

American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance 

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

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