The start of the 2020-2021 school year has presented a whole host of novel issues for school districts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been presented with a variety of new challenges to ensure a safe environment for all: the implementation of virtual learning programs; accommodating staffing needs; and the development and implementation of a rigorous health and safety plan. When navigating through these issues, the following should be considered:• Employee Leave: There are several laws that may apply to an employee leave request, including the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Depending on the reason leave is requested, an employee may be entititled to rights afforded by one or more of these laws. Additionally, an applicable collective bargaining agreement should be examined, in order to determine whether it affords an employee with leave in the particular situation.