Sonoma County Office of Education

Important Announcement Regarding SCOE Staff Vaccination

08/12/2021 -

As you may have heard, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on August 11 that California will require public schools to verify that workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested regularly. Unvaccinated workers will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing and will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including face coverings.

SCOE will begin implementing this requirement of vaccination or weekly testing immediately, as a condition of employment for current employees. Unvaccinated employees will be required to be tested weekly beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 16. These new conditions apply to all SCOE employees, including SELPA and School & College Legal Services.

Employees seeking a medical exemption must provide a signed note from their doctor. Employees seeking a religious exemption must provide a written attestation of their religious affiliation that prevents them from getting the vaccine. 

If you haven’t already done so, please fill out our staff vaccination survey as soon as possible. If you don’t report your vaccination status, you’ll be considered unvaccinated.

Unvaccinated employees are encouraged to use the free testing option provided by SCOE. Learn more and sign up. If you need help registering, contact SCOE’s Human Resources department for assistance. Employees who use the SCOE testing service do NOT need to submit the results as described in the next paragraph.

Employees are also welcome to use testing provided by their healthcare provider or the County of Sonoma; however, if you use these options, you will be responsible for submitting your test results weekly by sending them to

SCOE is also now requiring as a condition of employment that any new hires be fully vaccinated.

If you have not yet been vaccinated and wish to do so, vaccine clinics around the county make vaccination free and easy. Learn more at or

All staff, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to continue getting tested periodically to ensure asymptomatic cases are not inadvertently spread to coworkers, family, friends, and throughout the community.

If you have any questions, please contact