NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Nacogdoches ISD’s Board of Trustees adopted a resolution Monday that will extend emergency paid sick leave to employees that miss work because of a COVID-19 infection or quarantine related to close exposure to someone infected with the virus.
The federal program that was allowed by Congress to expire Dec. 31 was a provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) adopted last year by Congress.
The resolution approved by trustees gives the district the authority to provide additional paid leave to all NISD employees for a maximum allowance of 10 days. The additional days would be used if needed because of a COVID-19 infection or quarantine and are above and beyond any leave time that employees accrue from longevity with the district.
The FFRCA days are limited for employees who’ve already used leave time from the federal program. “The authority granted by this resolution provides additional paid leave for a maximum allowance of 10 days,” the resolution reads, “and employees who have utilized leave days under the FFCRA will have a reduced allowance to account for any previously allocated FFCRA leave.”
“This is a generous and much-needed action provided by our trustees,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo. “When Congress decided not to extend the program, our board saw the need of our teachers and staff.
“Our newer teachers and staff might not have enough accrued leave time, which would put them at a disadvantage if required to take off 10 days because of COVID-19.”
The action taken by trustees will be retroactive to Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, when district employees returned to work following the two-week Christmas break. According to the resolution, the authorization expires no later than the last day of instruction of the 2020-21 school year, unless it is revoked earlier by the board or extended further.