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2021-2022 School Opening & COVID-19 Protocols/FAQs

Dear Families and Staff,

Dear Families and Staff,

The Eureka Union School District is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus Wednesday, August 11, 2021, for safe and full-day, in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. Our District is excited to bring students back into a school day that better resembles what they experienced before the pandemic. 
EUSD appreciates our District community helping us continue to offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all our students and staff.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released safety requirements for K-12 Schools, dated July 12, 2021. As we look towards the first day of school, EUSD wants to make parents, students, and staff aware of the safety measures and how they will impact the school day. 
New Requirements
  • Students and staff will not be required to wear masks outside, including during P.E. activities.
  • While indoors at school and on school transportation, students will be required to wear a face mask unless exempted under CDPH face mask guidelines. At their meeting on Monday, August 9, the Board of Trustees will approve a policy on how the mask mandate will be enforced.
  • All adults, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a face mask when indoors.
More Relaxed Protocols

Many protocols from last year have been eliminated, allowing for a more "normal" school experience, including the following:
  • Students and staff will learn in an environment free of social distancing allowing for group work and peer collaboration. 
  • School sites will operate with traditional schedules including lunch and recess periods.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in band, performing arts, and middle school athletics.
  • School sites will not be requiring daily temperature checks, but encourage parents and guardians to continue monitoring students' health and keeping students home if they run a fever or exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Quarantine guidelines allow students to remain in class if they are a close contact, but remain asymptomatic and follow additional CDPH guidelines.
  • Visitors will be allowed back on school sites on a limited basis, but must wear a face mask while indoors and when children are present, regardless of vaccination status.
Below is an infographic, aligned with CDPH's mandates and recommendations, highlighting EUSD's updated COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the 2021-22 school year.
Long Term Independent Study Option (Assembly Bill 130)
  • EUSD will be offering a long-term independent study option for the 2021-22 school year for any student that would be better served in this model.
  • Families may request to enroll in this alternative learning model at any point during the 2021-22 school year.
  • If your child receives special education services, this option may be considered as part of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Please reach out to Kristi Marinus at if you are interested in learning more regarding the next steps.
School Meals
  • All students will be offered free breakfast and lunches during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Even though breakfast and lunches are free to all for the 2021-22 school year, funding for programs such as transportation, mental and health services, technology, and staff and parent education are dependent on income verification. The District is requesting all parents take a moment and fill out the Income Data Collection Form regardless of income status to ensure vital programs continue in EUSD.
  • Lunches for Long Term Independent Study Students will be provided weekly at Granite Bay High School on Mondays between 8:30-10:30 AM. Five breakfasts and lunches will be provided at a time.
We recognize that parents likely have questions about how the day will look. To provide ongoing and updated information, visit the District's webpage related to the 2021-22 school year. We will continue to provide information on our protocols through an upcoming communication.
Lastly, CDPH is expected to update requirements and recommendations, including those related to face coverings and quarantines, no later than November 1, 2021. We are committed to keeping our school communities informed and will communicate immediately if and when these requirements or guidelines change. Thank you for being our partner in education.

Tom Janis
Eureka Union School District