When are students and staff exempt from wearing masks? Learn how to handle employees and students who cannot follow this critical safety requirement.
Some employees and students claim they cannot wear face masks. They may have legitimate reasons or could be trying to skirt the policy. You need to adopt a clear and consistent approach to exceptions on your campus, founded in legal obligations and respectful of individuals’ rights.
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities, which could include situations preventing mask use. In those cases, it is necessary to understand if and when you must offer reasonable accommodations.
- How should you respond when an employee refuses to wear a face mask?
- How should you address a student who refuses to wear a face mask?
- When are employees and students entitled to reasonable accommodations?
- Would these employees or students be entitled to work or learn remotely?
- What medical document would an individual need to provide?
- Would an employee who cannot wear a mask be considered a “qualified individual with a disability”?
- Is wearing a mask an essential function of an employee’s job when required by the government?
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