Accommodations and Leaves for COVID-19
Under the CARES Act, employees who have been with DPS for at least 30 days are eligible for a leave of absence if:
- You have tested positive for COVID-19
- A member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19
- You have lost childcare due to COVID-19 closures (including school closures)
** These leaves are only available through 12/31/2020**
New Hires (less than 30 days): are still eligible for a COVID-Related Leave. Select the New Hire Leave option below for additional information.
Please note: this is an evolving situation. All changes are updated on this page as they occur. Visit the Colorado Department of Labor for even more information on COVID-19 related leaves for employees.
Will my manager receive confidential details about my request?
No. Your manager will know that you asked for an accommodation, and whether it was approved as a valid medical request. However, they will not receive any details regarding your medical situation or other confidential information in your request.
Is my job in jeopardy if I make an accommodation request?
No. By requesting a COVID accommodation, your job is not in jeopardy. You are protected under the CARES Act and DPS policy. We cannot guarantee any accommodations; however, DPS is making every effort to work through all requests as quickly as possible and provide accommodations where we can.
Am I “locked-in” to an accommodation solution?
No. Where possible, DPS will offer accommodations. You will have the ability to accept or deny your specific accommodation proposal. You will be involved in making the decisions for your accommodation and DPS will make every effort possible to offer an accommodation that suits your situation.
If your needs for accommodation change during your accommodation period, please contact your supervisor to discuss those changes and determine if changes are possible at that time. We cannot guarantee that changes to your accommodation will be available.
Who will communicate the results of my COVID-related accommodation request to me?
Your supervisor will reach out to you directly regarding your request and to discuss possible accommodations with you. This differs from our traditional ADA process. Due to a high volume of these requests and the unique situations of each school or location, we have partnered with supervisors to work through the review and approval process for COVID-related accommodation requests only. HR Partners are providing resources to supervisors to help this process go as smoothly as possible. Traditional ADA requests will still follow our regular process flow with the Leave of Absence Team.
If approved, you will receive a formal letter from DPS outlining your accommodation and accommodation period.
We have received a significant volume of requests. As there are several unique variables in each request, it takes some time to work through each one. We are reviewing them as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience. Your supervisor will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
What if the district can’t fulfill my accommodation request?
We will make every effort to approve accommodations, but we cannot guarantee approval. The district will prioritize requests for vulnerable individuals and those with disabilities. All DPS employees are expected to work in-building unless your accommodation request is approved. If your accommodation request is denied, you may still have the option for a Leave of Absence under the CARES Act. For complete information about Leave of Absence requests related to COVID-19, visit our COVID Accommodations and Leaves Resource page on The Commons.
If my supervisor has said our whole team is staying remote, do I still need to submit an accommodation request?
No, in this case, you do not need to submit an accommodation request. You would only need to submit a request if your supervisor informs you of a return to work schedule and you still need accommodations.
I submitted my request using the Google form, do I need to resubmit it through Employee Space?
No, if you used the Google form for your request after our first communication, you do not need to resubmit your request in Employee Space. Your form has been received and we are working through the review process. You will receive next steps as soon as we are able.