What is a reasonable accommodation?
A “reasonable accommodation” is any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows an applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job application process, perform the essential functions of a job, or enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment to employees without disabilities.
What qualifies as a “disability”?
State and federal law define a person with a disability as someone who:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as seeing, hearing, walking, or lifting;
- has a record of such an impairment; or
- is regarded as having such an impairment. Accommodations are available for individuals who fit either of the first two categories.
How do I request a reasonable accommodation?
To request a reasonable accommodation, please email us at bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.
org. We will ask for relevant information, including medical documentation, needed to conduct an interactive dialogue. During the dialogue process, the Office of Equity may interview the employee, their supervisor, and other relevant staff to determine whether the requested accommodation is reasonable based on the essential functions of the position and other factors. We strongly encourage you to submit your medical paperwork as soon as possible.
Can I request a medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act or the Families First Coronavirus Response Act through the Office of Equity?
No. Please contact OHC Leaves to request a leave of absence under the FMLA or the FFCRA. They can be reached at OHCLeaves@bostonpublicschools.org.