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Fowler Unified School District
Dear Parents/Guardians, If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the importance of working and collaborating together. Over these past months and years, the Fowler and Malaga communities have come together like never before. During the height of the pandemic we were reminded of the importance of our schools as places of learning and support for our students and families. We would not have been able to return to in-person learning without the support of our students, teachers, parents, and communities. This pandemic has made the work of running schools much more complicated. In many ways, we must now function as a health department —something schools have never been asked to do before — while also continuing our efforts in meeting the needs of all students through rigorous exceptional learning environments. We understand families and students may have strong emotions and questions about COVID-19 safety measures, including vaccine and testing requirements. However, keeping children home from school to protest a COVID-19 vaccine requirement announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as posts on some social media outlets are suggesting, would only result in lost learning time for our students. School funding will not be impacted by absences. But our children will be. Showing up for school has a significant impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Fowler Unified School District has no control over the proposed mandate, which would treat the COVID-19 vaccine similarly to the 10 vaccines on the list already required by California law for students attending K-12 schools. The mandate would not apply until COVID-19 vaccines are given full authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. Exemptions for both medical reasons and personal belief would be available, unless the state legislature votes otherwise. From providing regular meals, safe spaces, emotional and mental health supports, trusted adults, and positive interaction with their peers, the importance of ensuring routines and consistency with school time can't be overstated. People may disagree about the methods schools are required to follow, but I hope we can all agree that keeping our schools safe and open is what's best for our students. Together we will continue to partner and collaborate around what is best for Fowler USD students. Because, for our students, the journey of their lives is rooted in, and rises from Fowler Unified. Dr. Paul M. Marietti, Superintendent of Schools