COVID-19 Accommodations Expire June 17
In case you missed it, this email regarding COVID-19 accommodations was sent to staff on Thursday, May 13.
As we look ahead and continue planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we want to remind staff that all COVID-19 accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) will expire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year (June 17, 2021). Additionally, non-ADAAA accommodations and schedule adjustments that were provided at school and central services sites to address staff members’ personal circumstances also will expire on June 17, 2021. MCPS staff were notified that COVID-19 accommodations under ADAAA were temporary and based on the operational and instructional needs of individual schools, facilities and central services worksites.
Important Note: On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously passed Resolution 21-01, requiring the return of “all students to in-person, instruction with the teacher in the classroom,” effective when schools open for the 2021-2022 school year. The Montgomery County Board of Education and MCPS have also communicated that the district will provide an in-person, five-day-a-week schedule for students in the fall. Beginning with summer programs and our innovative calendar schools, in-person operations will begin in June and July.
As always, the safety of our students and staff remains a top priority for MCPS. All federal, state and local health and safety guidelines will be followed so that we can support a safe return to in-person, in-building instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.
We want to share our deep appreciation for all you have done, and continue to do, to support our students. We are committed to continued collaboration as we develop a comprehensive plan for the return to instruction this fall. Under the law, staff members who have a disability or medical condition unrelated to COVID-19 can request ADA accommodations. These employees can begin that process by submitting a request here.
If you have questions about accessing these supports, please contact the Office of Employee Engagement and Labor Relations at 240-740-2888.