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Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, teachers legally are entitled to reasonable accommodations if they need one. For many, that might mean teaching remotely, said Gary Phelan, a Stratford attorney who has represented teachers seeking accommodations.

“There’s not a one-sizefits-all answer to fit every situation, as is true of much of navigating the COVID landscape we’re now in,” he said. “The most common accommodation that is being utilized in industries throughout the country is working remotely. Teaching is one of the types of jobs where, due to technological advances, it generally can be done remotely.”

Phelan said that if school districts aren’t prepared to allow workers with health conditions that make them vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 then they should reasonably expect teachers to file claims under the ADA.

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