As required by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the district will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees, except when such accommodation would cause an undue hardship to the District. An accommodation is defined as any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done that enables an individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. A reasonable accommodation will fall into one or more of the following two categories:
a) modifications or adjustments to the work environment, or to the manner or circumstances under which the position held is customarily performed, that enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of that positions; and/or
b) modification or adjustments that enable an employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by its other similarly situated employees without disabilities.
A modification or adjustment will be considered reasonable if it appears feasible or plausible to the District.
Board Policy 5014 and the corresponding procedures outline the steps for an employee to request a reasonable accommodation. The policy and procedures are below.
On August 20, 2021, Governor Inslee introduced Proclomation 21-14.1 requiring that individuals working or volunteering in an educational setting be fully vacinnated against COVID-19 or have received an approved medical/disability or religious exemption by October 18, 2021. Employees should follow Board Policy and Procedures 5014 to request an exemption and should use one of the below forms to begin the process.