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Madison Metropolitan School District

Employee Handbook 2021-2022

3.50 Workplace Safety

Adherence to Safety Rules: All employees shall adhere to District safety rules and regulations and shall report unsafe conditions or practices to the appropriate supervisor.

Protection of Staff: An employee shall report all cases of assault or injury suffered in connection with employment in the performance of duties to their supervisor or his/her designee, who shall acknowledge receipt of such report and keep the staff involved informed of action taken.

Assault Form

Injury Report Form

Notification of Safety and Health Standards: Section 101.055 of the Wisconsin statutes requires the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to adopt and enforce safety and health standards that will provide protection to public employees at least equal to that provided to private sector employees under standards promulgated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A District employee who believes that a safety or health standard is being violated, or that a situation exists which poses a recognized hazard likely to cause death or serious physical harm, may request the District to conduct an internal review of the matter. Furthermore the employee may request the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to conduct an inspection.

Discrimination

The District shall not discriminate against or discharge any employee for exercising any right afforded by this section. An employee may file a grievance under this Handbook and District policy to address the workplace safety issues. The employee may, in his/her discretion also file a complaint with the state Division of Equal Rights within thirty (30) days if the employee believes a violation of the first sentence of this paragraph occurred. See Wis. Stat. § 101.055; Public Employee Safety and Health, available at: http://dsps.wi.gov/sb/docs/sb-PubSectSafEmployeePoster9301.pdf

Weapons Prohibition: Except as otherwise permitted by this section or Board policy, firearms and dangerous weapons are prohibited on all property of the District. The prohibition includes firearms in vehicles on school property. Firearms and dangerous weapons have the definitions set forth in the following statutory provisions: Wis. Stat. §§ 120.13(1), 948.60, .605, .61.

This prohibition does not apply where state law prohibits a school district from restricting any individual’s right to possess a firearm or other weapon in a location covered by this provision (e.g., law enforcement officers possessing a firearm or other weapon on school grounds in the line of duty). The building principal may allow a weapon on school premises for purposes of demonstration or educational presentations. This approval must be in writing and granted prior to the weapon being brought to the school. The weapon shall be maintained in the possession of the principal except during the actual demonstration or presentation.

Firearms or other weapons used for hunting may be allowed on school property for hunter safety classes, but only during non-school hours and after approval, in writing, from the District Administrator. The person(s) conducting the hunter safety class will assume responsibility for the safe handling and care of the firearms/weapons and see to it that all firearms/weapons are removed from the premises promptly after the class.

Disaster Preparedness: The District will provide employees with information/training regarding building procedures in the event of emergencies such as fire, tornado, intruders, etc. When drills are staged, every staff member and student must follow proper procedures.