The way in which the vaccine was made does not target DNA for adults or children, so it cannot affect or change a person’s DNA. Essentially, mRNA vaccines teach cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. This allows our immune system to more quickly recognize the virus that causes COVID-19, mount an immune response, and more quickly handle the virus. This mechanism of vaccine development has been studied since 2011 and is both safe and effective. The first COVID-19 vaccines to reach the market were messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. According to the CDC, mRNA vaccines work by instructing cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Injecting mRNA into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after they have finished using the instructions.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
At its Monday, October 11, 2021 meeting, the GHC Governing Board approved a policy requiring an approved COVID-19 vaccination for all GHC students, age 12 and older. This policy ensures the safest learning environment for all students and aligns with local and state guidance and directives related to COVID-19 vaccination for all age-eligible students.
On or before November 19, 2021, all current Granada Hills Charter students aged twelve and up must submit the appropriate documentation to meet one of the following:
All students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are required to submit proof of vaccination to the School in order to be on campus for in-person learning. The deadline to submit proof of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 11:59 p.m. November 19, 2021. Vaccination proof should be submitted to HSCovidVax@ghctk12.com for high school students and TK8CovidVax@ghctk12.com. The deadline to submit proof of the second dose is 11:59 p.m. December 17, 2021.
Parents/guardians may apply to seek a medical exemption. The medical exemption form (linked here) must be completed by a California licensed M.D. or D.O. If the School approves the medical exemption, the student will be allowed on campus.
Applications for medical exemptions must be submitted to the School by 11:59 p.m. on November 19, 2021, for all grades at ghccovidmedexemption@
Note: applications will be reviewed and submitting an application for an exemption does not guarantee the exemption will be granted.
Parents/guardians who wish for their student to be considered for Independent Study for the second semester must complete the Spring 2022 Independent Study Application by November 19, 2021.
Students in the Independent Study program do not need to meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will not be permitted to access in-person instruction or participate in any school activity or event on a GHC campus.
Given enrollment capacity limitations for the GHC Independent Study program in both the TK-8 and High School programs, a lottery may be conducted.
Student Vaccination Requirement
Links & Resources
Proof of Vaccination Submission
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
COVID-19 Vaccine Myth Busters
Resources from LA Dept. of Public Health (PDF)
Independent Study Application