CUSD calls for end to weekly COVID testing requirement

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By Breeana Greenberg

Last week, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees called on state public health officials to change its requirement that unvaccinated workers be tested weekly for COVID-19 by setting a expiration date for the policy.

In a 4-2 vote, with directors Krista Castellanos and Amy Hanacek dissenting, the board on Wednesday, July 13 passed a resolution asking the state to implement an expiration metric or date of end for weekly COVID testing requirement.

“I am asking my colleagues to introduce this resolution to ask that weekly testing have an end date and that all people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, be treated fairly in terms of mitigating COVID-19 in the future,” Administrator says Judy Bullockus.

As of August 2021, unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated school district workers must be tested for COVID at least once a week with a PCR or antigen test.

Calling the current testing policy discriminatory and unnecessary, board chair Martha McNicholas said she was glad to see the resolution on the agenda. McNicholas added that with test positivity rates for vaccinated and unvaccinated people about the same, the numbers support the council’s action.

The resolution will be sent to several state and county officials, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon, California Secretary of Health and Human Services , Dr. Mark Ghaly, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Board of Education. and the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Breeana Greenberg

Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance journalist for the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at [email protected]

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