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Superintendent Update: Secondary Schools, Safety Reminders and Vaccine Distribution
Posted 1/22/21


The district would like to provide important updates and reminders related to our schools, COVID-19 and vaccinations for our employees. 

Secondary Schools Resume In-Person Instruction - January 25, 2021

As scheduled, middle and secondary schools will resume in-person instruction, in the hybrid schedule, on Monday, January 25. Thank you for your understanding and support during the temporary shift to distance learning these past three weeks.

Our Board of Education and school district leadership are committed to support safe in-person instruction. We will continue to closely monitor staff and student COVID-19 cases and the impact of COVID-19 to our workforce, who support students inside and outside the classroom. Particularly at this time of increased cases throughout our county, we are proud of our Human Resources Division who tirelessly work to fill vacancies and absences, and to our employees and substitutes who support the instructional program and essential operations of the district. 

Safety Protocol Reminders

Although there is minimal spread within our schools and worksites, the safety protocols that we implemented are critical for our collective safety. It is essential to stay home when sick, when awaiting test results or when in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. We need to follow all of the safety precautions, all of the time, in order to slow the spread and continue to offer in-person instruction. Reducing the spread is critical right now in order to support our healthcare system.

Please view this short video reminder of important COVID-19 safety precautions to follow.

Vaccinations for School District Employees

Last week we shared with you that our healthcare employees (nurses, health assistants, etc.) became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1a of the state and county vaccine distribution plan. Across the county, these employees have begun to receive their vaccines. Other district employees are eligible to receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1b, which is anticipated to begin in February. It is important to understand that vaccines are distributed on a phased, tiered schedule that is dictated at the county level.  NMUSD employees were provided vaccination information last week and will be notified when OC Health Care Agency informs the District of their eligibility to obtain the vaccine. The success of Orange County’s vaccination plan depends on everyone being patient and allowing priority groups to be vaccinated first. Visit the OC Health Care Agency Website for more information.

Thank you again for your support and efforts to keep each other safe and our kids learning