MASON CITY – The Mason City school district will meet Tuesday night in a special session beginning at 5:30 PM to act on an “emergency situation presented by OSHA” regarding staff vaccinations and face coverings.
According to a supporting document provided for the meeting, upon which the board may act:
In an effort to comply with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, the district is requiring all employees, including employees who work as a substitute or a temporary basis, to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or in the alternative to produce weekly evidence of negative COVID-19 testing and utilize face coverings at work sites.
All employees are required to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full vaccination occurs when an employee has received both primary COVID-19 vaccination doses, or one single dose if the vaccine only requires one dose, and have waited two weeks following the last dose administered. This requirement will become effective no later than January 10, 2022. Employees who have received full vaccination against COVID-19 must submit proof of vaccination no later than January 10, 2022. Employees who have not received both (if a vaccine requires a 2 dose regimen) primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be required to comply with the testing and face covering requirements of the section below. Employees who have received both primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on or before January 10, 2022, but who have not yet passed the two week waiting period for full vaccination efficacy are not required to comply with the testing and face covering requirements of the section below.
Face Coverings and Testing
Beginning January 10, 2022, employees who do not wish to obtain vaccination against COVID-19 must wear face coverings at all times while indoors, in a vehicle, or in another enclosed space as described in detail in procedure 403.7R1. Beginning February 9, 2022, employees who are not fully vaccinated must also provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results every 7 days.
The vaccine requirement does not apply to employees for whom a vaccine is medically contraindicated; for whom medical necessity requires a delay in vaccination; or who are legally entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances. If an employee requires accommodation from any other part of the policy for medical or religious reasons, the employee may request one. Qualifying employees will be expected to submit verification of one of these exemptions in order to receive an accommodation.
Employees who fail to abide by the requirements of this policy may face disciplinary action up to and including termination. It is the obligation of the Superintendent to establish appropriate procedures necessary to enforce this policy.
Meeting time and location:
1/4/2022, 5:30 PM
Special Session &
Committee of the Whole
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