Below is important information regarding the 2022 and 23 school year. Read below to find out what you need to know about vaccine requirements and the 2022 health and physical education assessment your child must take.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirements for Students in the 2022-23 School Year
In accordance with the Coronavirus Immunization of School Students and Early Childhood Workers Amendment Act of 2021, beginning in the 2022-23 school year, the COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination that is fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their age. As of May 4, 2022, the FDA has fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 16 and older and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 18 and older. If additional approvals occur, OSSE will communicate those updates as soon as possible.
Any student age 16 or older at the start of the 2022-23 school year must have received their primary COVID-19 vaccination series— or be proceeding in accordance with the series— or they will risk being removed from school. OSSE has revised the Immunization Attendance Policy for the 2022-23 school year to support schools and families with understanding and implementing this new requirement.
Between April 4 and June 24, 2022, all District public and public charter schools are required to administer the Health and Physical Education Assessment (HPEA) for grades 5, 8 and high school (high school students enrolled in a health class in the 2021-22 school year).
Key Resources and Next Steps
- The 2022 LEA Guide, Proctor Script and Guidance Webinar recording are available here under 2021-22 School Year Resources.
- Assessment IDs are available for all LEAs in Box. Print and distribute to schools before your LEA assessment date.
- Log in to the HPEA Qlik application regularly during your LEA assessment window to review completion rates and follow up with schools to ensure 100 percent assessment completion.