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COVID 19 INFORMATION

FACE COVERINGS:

Face masks will be mandatory for all adults in the OCPS buildings and vehicles while in the presence of others during the school day. This extra layer of mitigation will provide some protection to employees and students as we continue to monitor community trends in consultation with medical experts.

OCPS is aware, however, that certain medical conditions make it difficult for an individual to wear a face covering. These may include: 

  • Individuals who have a diagnosed breathing condition
  • Individuals who are unable to place or remove the face covering
  • Individuals with facial deformities incompatible with wearing a face covering 
  • Individuals with severe skin disorders
  • Individuals with chronic pulmonary 

For those with health conditions that make wearing a face covering difficult, exemptions to School Board Policy EBBA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Employees should complete and submit the COVID-19 Employee Face Covering Exemption Request and Medical Certification form. Until such time as the waiver is approved, employees requesting the exemption will be required to wear the proper face covering while inside a school/facility or other property and/or vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the School Board.

COVID-19 REMOTE WORK REQUESTS

As previously communicated, it has been determined that the ability to work remotely will no longer be granted as a workplace accommodation for COVID 19.

All employees are expected to report to their work locations for their scheduled work assignments.  This determination is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Onsite employees can request additional Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at their location, or request to take a Leave of Absence in accordance with School Board Policies GCC and GDC.

Leave of Absence request forms can be found on the OCPS Intranet at Request for Leave of Absence.

For those employees who took leave for the entire school year based upon having a high-risk condition, be advised that under School Board Policies GCC and GDC “No leave shall be granted for a period in excess of one (1) year.”  This is also consistent with Article XVII, Section A (13) of the CTA Contract.

COVID 19 VACCINATION EXCEPTIONS

OCPS strongly encourages staff and parents of eligible students to consider the vaccine in consultation with your health advisor.  OCPS is aware, however, that certain employees may be unable to receive a COVID 19 vaccination. Employees may submit a vaccination exception for one of two reasons:  

  • A medical reason or
  • A sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance that prohibits vaccination.

This will also support the OCPS agreement that allows fully vaccinated or approved reasonable accommodation employees required to miss work by the District because of COVID-related circumstances, to be placed on medical relief of duty with pay for the time prescribed by the Florida Department of Health of Orange County. 

The ADA Office through the Office of Legal Services oversees and coordinates the Reasonable Accommodation process on behalf of the District. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to initiate the ADA Reasonable Accommodation Process, please visit ADA Accommodation Request.