Apply for a remote work accommodation

Dear UFT Member,

The Department of Education’s systemwide reasonable accommodation process opens today. You may submit an online application if you are considered at higher risk of severe illness if you contract COVID-19.

The UFT got the Department of Education to streamline its reasonable accommodation process. We wanted to make sure that everyone who is eligible to work remotely would be approved before the start of the school year in case school buildings open in September. That would never have been possible under the old system.

You are eligible for an accommodation to work remotely if school buildings reopen if:
– you are at least age 65 as of Dec. 31, 2020; or
– you have an underlying medical condition as set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
If you are applying based on your age, you do not have to verify your age or provide any other medical documentation.
If you are applying based on your health, you must provide a signed document from a licensed medical practitioner clearly stating:
what your underlying medical condition(s) is, andhow it places you at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Please use the DOE’s Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS) to apply for an accommodation.
Please submit your application as soon as possible and preferably by July 31, 2020, to allow time for your accommodation to be approved by September. Read these step-by-step application instructions (you must be logged in to the DOE employee website to access them).

According to the legal definition under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a reasonable accommodation can only be granted to the person with the medical condition. We are still in discussions with the city and the DOE about other personal circumstances we know our members face.

The reasonable accommodation process is open to all DOE employees. The UFT strongly encourages all members who wish to have an accommodation to work remotely to apply now.

For more information on the DOE’s reasonable accommodations policy, visit the HR Connect Employee Portal (you must log in with your DOE User ID and password) and search for “COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations.”

The DOE’s Office of Disability Accommodations and its Division of Human Resource’s Office of Medical, Leaves and Benefits will review applications. The review will be done in accordance with the reasonable accommodations process under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are denied an accommodation, you may reapply if you have different or additional documentation.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at 212-331-6311. You may also email the DOE at

Stay safe and healthy.
Michael Mulgrew
UFT President
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One Comment

  1. Jervine Lawson-Jones

    I am over 65years old

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