No, wearing face coverings will not be optional. Face coverings will be required in compliance with Governor Ducey's “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” order that follows guidance from the CDC. The CDC expanded its recommendations to include wearing face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain in order to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
In order to fully support our employees and ensure their health and safety, MCCCD will provide face coverings to all employees. Employees may provide and use their own face coverings if they prefer.
If you are unable to wear face coverings due to an underlying medical condition or disability, you will need to request an ADA accommodation. The process for requesting an accommodation can be found in the MCCCD Administrative Regulation ND-5. These accommodations will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the interactive process. An employee who needs an accommodation, will not be asked additional questions by their supervisor, but will be referred to Human Resources.
If an employee's request to not wear a face covering is for religious reasons, supervisors should handle the request pursuant to the District's Religious Accommodation Procedure. Refusal to wear a mask may result in discipline up to and including termination. The District will have an adequate supply of face coverings for employees, students, and visitors. For more detailed information, visit https://cdn.maricopa.edu/documents/pdf/guide_returning_workplace.pdf