N95 Masks

Grants Pass teachers will wear fit-tested N95 masks if unvaccinated after Oct. 18th deadline

GRANTS PASS, Ore.- We’re learning more about how Grants Pass schools are accommodating teachers with approved exemptions to the state’s vaccine mandate.

We previously broke down the state’s guidelines for educators who are not vaccinated.

Grants Pass School District 7 is requiring that unvaccinated staff wear N95 masks. The district will supply the masks and is working with the county’s public health to provide fit-testing clinics.

Although weekly testing is not included in the protocol, the president of Grants Pass Teachers Union says that it was brought up during discussions.

“I think, ideally, we all think there should be some kind of cross section testing for everybody so we always have a pretty good idea of where we are with positive cases. But we’re a school, not a health care facility,” Mickey Laney-Jarvis explained. She is with Grants pass Education Association.

Jarvis states that approximately 80% of district employees have been vaccinated, or will be vaccinated before the deadline. 17% are seeking an exception. The remaining 3 % have either taken leave or decided to quit their jobs.

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