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Central Linn School District still unsure how to accommodate unvaccinated staff

On Wednesday, the Board came out of their executive session and announced that they rescinded any previous ideas on the table for unvaccinated staff and that the decision will now fall into the hands of the Superintendent.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 9:54 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2021 11:52 PM

HALSEY, Ore. - The Central Linn School District has yet to reach a decision on how they will accommodate unvaccinated staff members once the state mandate goes into effect.

The Governor's vaccine mandate goes into effect on Monday. October 18th.

At a previous meeting, Board members discussed what they would do with unvaccinated staff members although the district cannot accommodate any spaces in classrooms, or working with children.

This was their alternative plan to not terminate staff for not getting the shot. However, some teachers disapproved because the options were not comparable to their original position. 

According to the meeting minutes, there may be a shuffling of positions for unvaccinated staff into openings where they are not near children. With enrollment numbers still low, there likely will not be any positions opened up for new hires if unvaccinated staff leave.

On October 11th, the school district posted an update to their website regarding the issue. They state that no staff member or teacher will be terminated due to this law. 

It said in part quote:

"The majority of Central Linn staff have complied with state law regarding vaccines. To be fully compliant with the law, staff either must have the vaccine or an approved exception. The District is continually working with each employee who is granted an exception. Employees have been offered duties that include remote work, outside locations, other locations and/or positions that reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus."

On Wednesday, the Board came out of their executive session and announced that they rescinded the previous motion on the table for unvaccinated staff. The decision will now fall into the hands of the Superintendent.

According to the district website, all students will remain on-site and all services will continue. If there is a need to adjust or change your child’s class or schedule, they will notify families after October 19th.

The district is also taking the additional steps below:

  • The District approved all medical and non-medical exceptions.
  • Staff with approved exceptions will be required to take additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • All classified staff have been offered full positions at equal or higher rates pay.
  • Most licensed staff with approved exceptions have been offered reasonable accommodations (remote work, outside locations, transfer or reduction of assignment).
  • The District is continuing negotiations (reduction of FTE or leave of absence) with a small number of licensed employees.

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