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Old 07-15-2020, 08:19 AM
 
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What happens if my school refuses to allow me to teach from home and I become infected with Covid? I am in a medical high risk group and have documentation from my doctor. As of right now my district has no plans for accommodations for teachers and staff in this situation. So, if I am given no other option except to return to in person teaching and contract Covid will this be covered under workmans comp? What happens if I should not survive or have lifelong complications? Will I be able to draw disability compensation? Will my family receive compensation due to the unsafe conditions in my job that caused my death?

Very morbid....but real questions.


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Old 07-15-2020, 08:42 AM
 
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Iím waiting for a district to get sued by a teacher for this very reason.
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Old 07-15-2020, 09:07 AM
 
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Just curious- is your school doing online to start?

We were sent this regarding sick leave and Covid. Maybe it will give you some idea? https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/fil...on-Federal.pdf
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Old 07-15-2020, 10:04 AM
 
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Our governor said workman's comp will cover covid. But I know in other workman's comp claims the district will do everything they can to avoid it. How do you prove you caught it at school and not at the grocery or gas station?
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This is a very good question and one of the reasons that school districts have to be stupid to open without a vaccine. Students, staff and teachers are all open to legal action against individual schools and/or school districts based on negligence.

What are they going to do? Make everyone sign a waiver?


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Old 07-15-2020, 10:56 AM
 
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Our state union held a meeting about reopening and said that workman's comp doesn't cover COVID because there is no way to prove you got it at school. You can't sue because they can just say it was your choice to continue working there. Apparently the districts have some sort of protection/immunity against this sort of thing. You'd have to google it for more information; I'm not an expert in this area. They suggest people who absolutely don't want to go back take FMLA for a year; however, you don't get paid with FMLA, it just means the district will hold your position for you.
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Old 07-15-2020, 11:50 AM
 
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Hereís an article about health workers and workerís compensation. Itís not about teachers, but does cover what is happening in different states.

https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-...pensation.aspx
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Old 07-15-2020, 12:45 PM
 
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I asked our HR director if workman's comp would kick in if I contracted covid at school. Nope.
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Old 07-15-2020, 01:00 PM
 
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My union rep thought it might be covered by natural disaster funds, but he was just guessing.
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Old 07-15-2020, 05:50 PM
 
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One of my friends asked about this very issue because she has a myriad of health issues. She was told that she has four options:
  • work in person as required
  • resign
  • early retirement
  • FMLA


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