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APS Board complies with MIOSHA mandate

ALPENA, Mich.–The Alpena Board of Education voted to approve a new Covid policy earlier this week.

The emergency temporary standard policy comes as a mandate from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

It requires employers with over 100 employees to implement Covid 19 vaccines as requirement.

For APS employees who oppose vaccination, superintendent David Rabbideau says there *is* another option.

“Through all of this there has always been a testing option, and that’s the route we’re going, so if any employee doesn’t want to be vaccinated they will not be required to be vaccinated to work for alpena public schools. But they would have to meet that testing requirement by providing a negative test.”

Weekly testing can be a strain on employee budgets and it’s still unknown if testing will be paid for at the federal level.

However, superintendent Rabbideau says APS plans to alleviate that burden.

“The school is going to pay for that for our employees.”

At this time, the ETS policy acts as a place holder to meet MIOSHA’s deadline.

It will not be enacted until MIOSHA resolves multiple court proceedings.