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Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designated to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

The District is required by state and federal law to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities so that employees with disabilities can be afforded the benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by similar employees without disabilities. The ADA Department 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 click here.  

COVID-19 
COVID-19 Temporary Reasonable Accommodations (Telework Requests), Leave, FMLA, Medical Documentation, Face Covering Exemption Requests

The School Board of Orange County, Florida’s (“OCSB”) response to the COVID-19 pandemic is designed to sustain our important mission of creating enriching and diverse pathways to lead our students to success while maintaining the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students.  OCSB’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures Manual contains guidance for district staff in navigating and safety considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCSB recognizes that there may be some employees with medical disabilities that require temporary reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a result of COVID-19.  Some employees, who self-identify as having an increased risk of severe outcome from COVID-19 infection as determined by current CDC guidancemay have a medical condition that rises to the level of a disability under the ADA. 

If you would like to request a temporary reasonable accommodation (telework), submit the COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodation Request and Medical Verification Form.

Our first priority is employees with medical disabilities, but we may certify an employee for a telework accommodation who has health conditions that do not rise to a disability.  All requests should be submitted using the COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodation and Medical Verification Form.   Other requests, including serious health risks for family members at home, will be considered after employee health circumstances. All requests for reasonable accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The ADA reasonable accommodation process is not intended to address employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms as such situations are handled by Professional Standards.

The links to the COVID-19 related documents below are designed to provide employees answers to the most frequently asked questions and information on requesting a COVID-19 temporary accommodation, face covering/mask exemptions, Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act Benefit and leave as a reasonable accommodation.

The US EEOC Technical Assistance document titled What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws provides a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.  

*Please note any accommodation or telework request must be accompanied by supporting medical documentation that specifically identifies your serious underlying medical condition.  Under applicable laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, medical diagnosis information is required when determining whether a person is entitled to an accommodation.  In any emails, please include your name, employee id number, position, school/work location, and supervisor’s name.

We are working diligently to address all accommodation requests and inquiries during this time in the order received. However, due to the high volume of requests, the response time may be longer than usual. Your e-mail will be responded to as soon as possible.

For General ADA Accommodations please visit ADA Accommodation Request.

Michael D. Graf
ADA Compliance Officer
Office of the General Counsel
Orange County Public Schools
445 West Amelia Street
Orlando, Florida 32801
Direct: (407) 250-6248
Facsimile: (407) 317-3348
[email protected]
ada.ocps.net



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