As we approach a well-deserved break and anticipate further communication about the return of our seniors to the classroom, I wanted to send some information your way.

The state has approved new funding for a 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law.

HERE IS A LINK to the Department of Industrial Relations FAQ on 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. Please read for details.

In short:

  1. You get this leave (up to two full work weeks/80 hours and full salary up to $511 per day) if your employer employs 25 or more people (sorry small districts and charters).
  2. You get this leave if you can’t work or telework between Jan. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2021, to care for yourself or a family member due to COVID illness/symptoms, quarantine, or when a child’s school or day care is closed due to COVID, or when you have vaccine-related appointments or symptoms.
  3. Even if you already used your sick leave, vacation, or other leave for COVID illness or quarantine, you can have that sick leave returned to your account and have the employer charge the state instead.
  4. You must request this leave either orally or in writing (I suggest in writing) on or after March 29 to have it apply retroactively.

Additionally, you may have heard a rumor about the district providing a one-time $1,000 payment to all of their employees. This is correct and should be approved at the April 13 Board meeting. Certificated employees should receive this one-time payment in our May paycheck. More information should follow. 

Have a great Easter Break,
Matt Provost