FAQ Light Duty Program

Below are frequently asked questions about the School District's Light Duty Program. The answers to these questions should help you better understand the program should you be released to work by your workers' compensation treating physician with work restrictions.

What is the workers' compensation Light Duty Program?

The workers' compensation Light Duty Program is a program that provides modified job duties if you are released to work by your authorized treating physician with physical restrictions.

What is Light Duty?

Light Duty is a modified job the District provides to you when you have been injured at work and are unable to perform the essential functions of your job.

If the doctor writes "light duty" on my return-to-work slip, does that mean I am automatically in the Light Duty Program?

Not necessarily. If you are released with "light duty" physical restrictions by your doctor, but you are still able to perform the essential functions of your job, then you won't be in the Light Duty Program because you are able to do your regular job. For example, if you are a clerk typist released to "light duty" with a 20-lb. lifting restriction, that restriction would most likely not prevent you from performing your regular job duties (essential job functions) and you would not be placed in the Light Duty Program. If you are a custodian, however, and were released to "light duty" with a 20-lb. lifting restriction, you would most likely not be able to perform your regular job duties (essential job functions) and you would be placed in the Light Duty Program.

How long will I remain in the Light Duty Program?

You will remain in the Light Duty Program until you are able to perform the essential functions of your regular position (full-duty release).

Can I stay home and collect workers' compensation indemnity payments rather than work in a Light Duty position?

No, you are required to report to your Light Duty assignment, just as the District is required to provide you with Light Duty employment.

How much money will I make while I'm on Light Duty?

You will make your regular salary while you are on Light Duty

Who can I call if I have a question about the Light Duty Program?

If you have any questions about the Light Duty Program, please contact Cathy Richards at 335-1402 or Angela Brawdy at 337-8133 in the Insurance & Benefits Department.