PELLA — Members of the Pella School Board addressed Tuesday the OSHA requirement that employers must require vaccinations in workplaces of over 100 employers.
Though the OSHA requirement was voluntarily put on hold, district officials discussed possible vaccination policies, should the district be required to implement a staff vaccination mandate.
The board reviewed multiple sample policies from the Iowa Association of School Boards, though none has been officially implemented within the district.
The sample regulation from the IASB states that employees must submit to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee acceptable proof of vaccination status no later than Dec. 6.
Immunization records from a healthcare provider or pharmacy, a copy of a COVID-19 vaccination record card, a copy of medical records documenting immunization, or any other Any other official documentation that contains the type of vaccine administered, dates of administration, and the name of the administering health provider or clinic are considered acceptable proof of vaccination. For those who do not have any of the listed, a personal attestation statement would be required.
Also included in the sample policies provided by the IASB was a medical accommodation request form, allowing those who have medical exemptions to apply for vaccine exemption.
In that case, unvaccinated employees would be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test every seven days. Employees that are not fully vaccinated would also be required to wear face coverings when working indoors, in vehicles or other enclosed spaces with others.
The Pella School board will next meet at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 for a work session and regular meeting.