DOE Opens Reasonable Accommodations Application Process To Work Remotely In the Fall
On July 15th, the DOE issued guidance on the reasonable accommodations process for the fall. Please be reminded, this guidance applies to both school-based and non-school-based employees. Any CSA members who are over the age of 65 and/or who have an underlying medical condition as set forth by the CDC guidelines may be eligible for an accommodation to work remotely. We encourage all members who wish to have this accommodation to apply as soon as possible.
Click here to request an accommodation through the DOE’s application system and click here for the DOE’s step-by-step instructions on the application process. Though there is no firm deadline, the DOE is asking all staff to complete their application by July 31st to allow time for schools to plan for the fall. You will need to provide supporting medical documentation with the application, but you will not need documentation to verify that you are 65 or older.
CSA argued that principals should not be required to review applications and make medical determinations for their staff, and as a result, all applications will be reviewed by the DOE’s Office of Disability Accommodations and the Office Medical, Leaves and Benefits, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone who is denied can reapply with additional documentation.
Please note that, in accordance with the ADA, this DOE policy does not allow for accommodations for those unable to work in school buildings out of concern for the health of others in their family or household. If you have those concerns at this time, you may instead seek a leave of absence.
The DOE has assured us that they will begin to share weekly updates with principals on staff with accommodations to work remotely, so that schools can submit their programming model choice by August 14th. Though the lack of information makes it challenging to program at this time, we encourage you to be conservative with your estimates until you begin to hear otherwise.
If you have any questions about the application process, please email the DOE at RArequest@schools.nyc.gov.