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SHUSD 2021-2022 Back to School FAQ

Dear Southern Humboldt Parents,

We know that there is one question on the minds of our district’s parents, students, employees, and community members: What will education in Southern Humboldt Schools look like this year? All Southern Humboldt Joint Unified schools will be open with regular schedules, and students in school five days a week. The first day of school is August 25, which will be a regular short Wednesday, with regular dismissal times on Thursday, August 26, and Friday, August 27. Just as our district has done for the past two decades, Wednesdays will continue to be a short day to allow for teacher collaboration and planning. 

As we welcome students back this year, we are excited to share with you our plans to resume full-day, in-person learning for all students. It is better for young people to be in-person at school both emotionally and educationally; for these reasons, all California schools will be offering in-person education with an option for parents to choose Independent Study if needed for student health. We are confident that our schools are ready for this to happen in the safest way possible.

While the Board and administration await guidance from different entities, we’d like for this message to give you a glimpse of our current planning. Our commitment to safety includes adhering to the most current COVID-19 requirements issued by the Humboldt County Public Health, the California Department of Education (CDE), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Masks are required, and other safety measures are in place at all campuses. For CDPH and CDE information, please visit the Parent Page on the Safe Schools for All Hub: CA Covid-19 School Readiness Hub – Parent Page   

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your School Principal or the appropriate District Office Department. 

We want to thank all of our parents for your continued efforts and support for our students, staff, and community.


The Southern Humboldt Joint Unified School District


SHUSD Back to School 2021-22
Frequently Asked Questions  

When is the first day of school?

  • Wednesday, August 25, will be a short (classy) Wednesday. Thursday and Friday, August 26 and 27, will be full school days with regular arrival and dismissal times. 

Where can I register my child to attend school?

Are we returning to a normal schedule?

  • Yes! We will be returning to a safe and full-time in-person regular schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Are face masks still mandatory for students indoors?

  • Yes, per CDPH protocols, face masks are required for everyone indoors except when eating or drinking. K-12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. Adults in K-12 school settings are required to wear a mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.  Persons exempted from wearing a face-covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.

Are face masks mandatory outside?

  • Masks are optional outdoors for all K-12 school settings when at least 6 feet distance can be maintained. Masking outdoors is required for students and staff when social distancing (6 ft min) is not possible.

Do masks need to be worn on school buses?

Will school meals still be available?

  • School meals will be available daily at school sites to all students at no charge.  

Are the Free and Reduced Price Meal (FRPM) forms necessary this year?

  • Every student will be fed regardless of income status, but we still need to collect income verification to qualify for specific funding. Please fill out the 2021-2022 Income Verification Form that will be in your Back to School packet. We are using a much simpler income verification this year, and it is essential to gather this information to ensure the District receives the funds needed to provide the best possible services to your student(s). School Districts receive a portion of their funding based on student’s household income ranges.

Will playgrounds be open for students? 

  • Yes, playgrounds will be accessible and open for all students.  

Will there be sports for students this year? 

  • Yes, some teams have already begun practicing! We are very excited to have sports returning this fall. For South Fork High School & Miranda Junior High Athletics, please sign up for fall sports using Family ID. More information regarding sports will be forthcoming as guidance and protocols are provided. At this time, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County, the Humboldt-Del Norte League is using the same health and safety protocols that were in place in the spring at the urging of Humboldt County Public Health.

Should parents continue symptom screening before sending their child to school?

Will COVID-19 vaccines be required?  

  • No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently required to attend California public schools. However, for the health and safety of all members of our school communities, we encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new public health order requiring all school staff and volunteers to show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. Currently, the vaccine is free and readily available to everyone 12 years and older. For information regarding upcoming clinics, please see https://myturn.ca.gov/.Information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and testing locally can be found on the So Hum Health Website or by calling Redwoods Rural Health Center at 707-923-2783

What options do I have if I don’t want to send my student to school for in-person learning?

  • We are modifying our Independent Study program to support those students who have health concerns related to COVID-19 or whose families choose to stay home. If you would like to enroll your student in this program, please contact your site principal. 

Will social-emotional support be available for students and families?

  • Yes, our District is committed to supporting the well-being of our students and their families. We have counselors to support our TK-12 students’ needs. Please contact your school site if you need additional support.  

Will there be any tutoring or academic support available to students?

  • Yes, we plan to have after-school academic support at all sites where staff is available. 

Will the after-school program be available?

  • We need staff to run the programs at most of our sites. Please apply if you are interested in working in Expanded Learning after school! Staff is needed to run these programs. Please apply online at EdJoin.org or by filling out an application available on the District website at sohumusd.com. We have funding set aside for Redway School to have RAP, Casterlin to have ASES, Whitethorn to have After School, and SFHS and MJHS to provide academic support after school.

We will continue to monitor Humboldt County Public Health and CDPH guidelines and update you with any changes related to safety measures.

To all SHUSD parents, we are honored you have chosen to be part of the SHUSD family.

To our students, we are ready to support you through your educational journey and encourage you to give your very best in the upcoming school year. 

We are looking forward to seeing you on August 25th!!