OSHA looking into claims Winston-Dillard schools violated COVID-19 rules

There were a total of three complaints, OSHA said.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 8:10 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 10:11 PM

WINSTON, Ore. -- Oregon OSHA has opened an inspection at the Winston-Dillard School District after receiving multiple complaints alleging the district has failed to properly enforce the mask mandate on multiple occasions.

This inspection was opened on Sept. 9, according to OSHA. There were a total of three complaints, OSHA said. One complaint alleged two hazards while the other two both alleged one.

According to the first complaint, the district is not enforcing the use of face masks by employees. It goes on to say the employer is holding outdoor meetings where mask wearing is not being enforced, OSHA said.

That complaint alleges a second hazard as well, OSHA said. The complaint details a first aid training that allegedly went on for more than two hours with no social distancing. The complaint says many staff members at that training were not wearing masks. It also says many of those who were wearing masks were not wearing them properly.

The second complaint alleges the district held an outdoor school board meeting with more than 200 people in attendance, according to OSHA. It goes on to say the area was too small to accommodate that many people, social distancing was not observed, and many staff members were not wearing face masks.

The third complaint alleges during a Facebook live broadcast, the school administration publicly stated they would not enforce face coverings at any schools in the district, OSHA said.

This is not the first time Oregon OSHA has opened an inspection into a school district regarding possible COVID-19 violations. There's also an open inspection into the Adrian School District in eastern Oregon.

The Winston-Dillard School District did not offer in-person instruction Monday at Douglas High School. The district confirmed three teachers resigned during the past few days. Officials would not provide a reason for those resignations at this time, but said their reasoning will be made known if the school board decides to do so.

RELATED: DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL WILL HAVE NO IN-PERSON CLASSES MONDAY DUE TO STAFF SHORTAGE

A representative from the district said he believes all three of those teachers were vaccinated.

When it's fully staffed, school officials said Douglas High School has 23 teachers. Aside from the three who resigned, officials said several others accompanied students to an athletic event that took place out of town Monday.

 The district announced Douglas High School will be open for in-person classes Tuesday.

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