To continue promoting our students’ education, the Glenbrook District 225 Board of Education is making a number of changes in personnel practices that will bring more teachers safely back to the classroom second semester. The accommodations that permitted some teachers to teach remotely due to childcare issues will expire, while those regarding health concerns will be more focused. These changes will go into effect on January 19, 2021, when students and staff are expected to return to in-person learning.
“Our District’s consistent goal, even in these extraordinary times, is to provide our students with an excellent education, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Board of Education President Bruce Doughty. “We are dedicated to supporting our students while accommodating our teachers with medical needs, as we work together to return safely to in-person instruction and experiences.” Doughty noted that the Board, administration, and teacher representatives have worked for several months in addressing the current challenges, and that he appreciated everyone's patience and understanding.
The remote teaching accommodations that have allowed teachers to teach from home due to childcare issues will expire on January 18, 2021, the day before Glenbrook students begin the second semester. Teachers caring for their immediate family members with healthcare issues may request further accommodation. Such accommodation will require proper medical verification and will be considered when family members live in the same household as the teacher who requested the accommodation. The action also requires teachers with previously approved personal healthcare accommodations to reapply and furnish medical verification. If approved, any personal healthcare accommodation will continue until the end of the District’s current learning and operational plan, adopted in July in response to the pandemic, or the end of the 2020-21 school year, whichever occurs first.
Teachers whose accommodations expire on January 18, 2021, are required to notify the District by December 11, 2020, if they are choosing not to return for the second semester by taking leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), requesting an unpaid leave, or using sick leave. Teachers seeking personal medical accommodation or family medical accommodation will also need to apply for a new accommodation by December 11.