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COVID-19 Protocols for the 2021-22 School Year
Posted 8/17/21

As we look forward to welcoming students back to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, please review the COVID-19 safety protocols below that are required for all California schools. Keep in mind that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) may change school guidance, in which case we will update you on any changes to Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) protocols.


Please remind your student(s) to:

  • Wash his/her hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


  • Indoor - Regardless of vaccination status…

    • Students are REQUIRED to wear masks while indoors, such as in classrooms.

    • Staff is also REQUIRED to wear masks while sharing indoor space with students.

    • Masks are provided, if needed.

  • Outdoor

    • Masks are NOT REQUIRED for students or staff while outdoors.

  • School Bus

    • Masks are REQUIRED for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Exemptions


  • Visitors providing “essential services” will be permitted in schools. The list of essential services will be provided to principals.

  • Visitor guidelines are currently being established. School principals will share guidelines when finalized.


  • Please have your student(s) stay home when sick and report the absence to his/her school.


Governor Newsom announced that California will require all schools to verify that employees are fully vaccinated or tested regularly for COVID-19. Under this requirement, unvaccinated employees will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. We are analyzing the order to determine how NMUSD will be in full compliance with these new requirements by the October 15, 2021 implementation deadline. We will share additional information as it becomes available. 


Please visit the COVID-19 Resources webpage for additional information.