COVID-19

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JANUARY 15, 2021
The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, and the state has declared a goal of getting most of California's population vaccinated by midsummer of this year. As of this week, people 65 and over are now eligible for the vaccine (lowering the previous age restriction by 10 years). VVUHSD's distance learning continues at this time, with a reevaluation of the situation at the end of this month. COVID-19 cases in our area are still far above the threshold needed for reopening of schools.

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15 DE ENERO DEL 2021
El lanzamiento de la vacuna del COVID-19 sigue en proceso, y el estado tiene objetivo de vacunar a la mayoría de la población de California para mediados del verano de este año. A partir de esta semana, las personas de 65 años de edad o más adultas serán elegibles para recibir la vacuna (lo que reduce la restricción de edad anterior en 10 años). Por el momento el aprendizaje a distancia de VVUHSD continuará con una reevaluación de la situación a finales de este mes. Los casos de COVID-19 en nuestra área están aún muy por encima del umbral necesario para la reapertura de las escuelas.

COVID-19 Facts / Datos del COVID-19


Who is eligible to get the vaccine now?
At this time, frontline healthcare workers and people aged 65 and over are eligible to get the vaccine in San Bernardino County. The next phase of the vaccine will include more workers in certain professions, including education. We do not currently know when this next phase will begin in our county. Visit https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/phases/ to see updated information on the phases of vaccination and which groups are currently eligible.

How can eligible people sign up to get the vaccine?
Visit https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations/ to view vaccination locations and register. Due to limited resources, you may not be able to receive the vaccine right away, even if you are in an eligible group. Reminder: Only people aged 65+ and frontline healthcare workers are now eligible in our county. If you are not part of one of these groups, do not attempt to register.

Is the vaccine safe?
Officials say COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html to learn how the federal government is working to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. California formed a Scientific Safety Review Workgroup of experts to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. This workgroup has declared that the COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA are safe and effective.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a serious and potentially deadly illness that has caused a public health crisis worldwide, leading to overcrowding in hospitals and causing hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. alone.

Why are VVUHSD campuses closed?
Under guidelines put forth by state and county authorities, VVUHSD made the decision to suspend in-person instruction in March, 2020. Distance learning will continue indefinitely. The district will reevaluate the decision at the end of January, 2021. 

When can our schools reopen?
There is no clear timeline for the reopening of public schools in our area, because the decision is dependent upon COVID-19 case data. The local area's positivity rate and new case rate must reach acceptable levels in order for a reopening to occur. As of January, 2021, these metrics are far above the threshold that would allow for a safe reopening, according to state guidelines. See real-time COVID-19 case data at the bottom of this page.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
Public health experts recommend that you avoid large public gatherings, minimize contact with people you do not live with, avoid unnecessary travel, wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer, and sanitize surfaces you regularly touch. When leaving your home, wear a face covering and practice social distancing (giving yourself six feet of space from others).

Will students have to get the vaccine to return to school?
The vaccine is not being administered to any individual under 16 at this time. There is not currently a state-mandated requirement for students or staff to receive the vaccine before returning to school. However, this situation is fluid, and we will update the local community if such a requirement is imposed. 

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¿Quién es elegible para recibir la vacuna en la actualidad?
En este momento, solamente los trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea y las personas mayores de 65 años de edad son elegibles para recibir la vacuna en el condado de San Bernardino. La próxima fase de las vacunas incluirá a trabajadores en determinadas profesiones, incluyendo la educación.  Por el momento no sabemos cuándo empezará la próxima fase en nuestro condado. Para ver la información más actualizada de las fases de vacunación y qué grupos son elegibles por favor visite https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/phases/.

¿Cómo se pueden inscribir las personas elegibles para recibir la vacuna?
Para registrarse y conocer los lugares de vacunación https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations/. Debido a que hay recursos limitados, puede que no reciba la vacuna de inmediato, incluso si está en un grupo elegible. Recordatorio: ahora solo las personas mayores de 65 años y los trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea son elegibles en nuestro condado. Si no forma parte de uno de estos grupos, no intente registrarse.


¿Es segura la vacuna?
Los funcionarios dicen que las vacunas del COVID-19 autorizadas por la FDA demostraron ser seguras y efectivas en los ensayos clínicos. Visite https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html para conocer cómo trabaja el gobierno federal para garantizar la seguridad de las vacunas del COVID-19. California formó un grupo de expertos de trabajo en revisión y seguridad científica para garantizar la seguridad de las vacunas COVID-19. Este grupo de trabajo dijo que las vacunas COVID-19 autorizadas por la FDA son seguras y efectivas.

¿Qué es el COVID-19?
El COVID-19, también conocido como Coronavirus, es una enfermedad seria y potencialmente mortal que ha causado una crisis de salud pública en todo el mundo, hacinamiento de hospitales y cientos de miles de muertes solamente en los Estados Unidos de América.

¿Por qué están cerrados los planteles escolares de VVUHSD?
Conforme a las pautas del estado y autoridades del condado, VVUHSD tomó la decisión de suspender la instrucción presencial en marzo del 2020. El aprendizaje a distancia seguirá de manera indefinida. El distrito evaluará la decisión al final de enero del 2021. 

¿Cuándo pueden reabrir los sitios escolares?
No hay una cronología para reabrir las escuelas públicas en nuestra área, ya que la decisión depende de los datos de casos de COVID-19.  La tasa de positividad de nuestra área y la tasa de casos nuevos deben estar a un nivel aceptable para poder reabrir los sitios escolares. Actualmente en este mes de enero del 2021, la métrica está muy por encima del límite que nos permitiría reabrir de manera segura según los datos y pautas estatales a seguir. 

¿Cómo puedo protegerme del COVID-19?
Los expertos de salud pública recomiendan que eviten reuniones públicas masivas, minimicen el contacto con la gente con la que usted no vive, evite viajes innecesarios, lave sus manos con frecuencia, use desinfectante para manos, y esterilice las superficies que toca con regularidad. Cuando salga de casa use un cubre bocas y practique el distanciamiento social (dejando mínimo seis pies de distancia de uno a otros).

¿Los estudiantes tendrán que recibir la vacuna para regresar a la escuela?
En este momento, la vacuna no se está administrando a alguna persona menor de 16 años. Actualmente no existe un requisito obligatorio del estado para que los estudiantes o el personal se tengan que administrar la vacuna antes de regresar a la escuela. Sin embargo, esta situación es fluida, e informaremos a la comunidad local si se impone tal requisito.

Public Health Data


The State and County Health Departments have recommended benchmarks to guide the decision to transition from remote learning to in-person learning. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the San Bernardino County Public Health (SBPH) target benchmarks for the COVID-19 return to in-person learning are as follows:

California Department of Public Health (CDPH): County Monitoring Metrics
California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated every Tuesday. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and may step in if necessary.

Four-Tier Color Coded Classification System
The county risk level is determined based on the following two metrics:

Daily New Cases (Adjusted): The average number of new cases per day (during a specific 7-day period) per 100,000 residents. This number is calculated and then adjusted upward or downward based on whether county testing volume exceeds, or is below, the state median testing level (the current state median testing level can be found on the "Testing" tab on the website, which will be linked below).

Positivity Rate: The proportion of all tests (during a specific 7-day period) with a positive result for COVID-19 (shown as a percentage).

These tiers include:

  • Widespread (purple): More than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents or higher than 8% positive rate. This means that most non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

  • Substantial (red): 4 to 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents or 5-8% positive rate. This means that some non-essential indoor businesses are closed.

  • Moderate (orange): 1 to 3.9 daily new cases per 100,000 residents or2-4.9% positive rate. This means that some indoor business operations open with modifications.

  • Minimal (yellow): Less than 1 daily new case per 100,000 residents or less than2% positive rate.This means that most indoor business operations open with modifications.

The data provided below are from the State of California and San Bernardino Department of Public Health online dashboards. 

COVID-19 San Bernardino County