Some employees may be particularly susceptible to COVID-19, such as those with underlying health conditions, or maybe in close contact with a high-risk relative. These issues should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but districts are encouraged to be flexible with the use of sick and other available leave. Also, some of these cases may include issues covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). School districts are encouraged to contact their retained counsel for advice on specific issues that may be covered by the ADA.
Currently, LPS is working to finalize a required mask policy for both staff and students. We will give you more information as we finish up the details of our mask policy. We know bus drivers, secretaries, cooks, and custodians will be required to wear a mask. Teachers will be required to wear a mask whenever indoors and social distancing is not possible. We also know that students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, when entering the school, in hallways, libraries, auditoriums, cafeterias, etc. We are finalizing the details of our plan and will release information as soon as we can.
If an employee refuses to wear a mask after being required to do so, the employee can be subject to disciplinary action and/or termination of employment in line with Oklahoma law and any necessary due process procedures. The school district has the right to require masks be worn in an effort to protect students, staff, and the community.
Talk to your immediate supervisor. If you have a chronic health condition, documentation should be provided by the employee’s physician. The district will need to determine whether the condition qualifies for coverage under the Americans with Disabilities Act and, if so, whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided that allows the employee to perform their specific job duties for the school district.
Notify your supervisor immediately. This will allow LPS to work quickly with the Comanche County Health Department in an effort to protect students, staff, and the community. We may ask you to provide us a copy of your positive test result. Employees testing positive will have 3 methods to clear COVID quarantine and return to work. (1) Time - 14 days of isolation and quarantine, (2) Test - 2 negative COVID tests in a 24 hour period, and (3) 10 days since the beginning of symptoms with at least the last 72 hours symptom & medication free.