By Erica Thomas, managing editor
ASHVILLE — The St. Clair County School District approved supplemental pay to staff to help fight COVID-19, during its Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
Superintendent Mike Howard said all full-time staff will receive $300 for sanitizing their work areas before leaving for Christmas break.
“It shows our staff in St. Clair County that we truly care about them and we understand the hardships that they’ve faced during this pandemic,” Howard said. “We want them to know that we value the fact that they come to work everyday with COVID looming over their heads and the possibility they could be exposed doing their job. So, we appreciate them.”
The total cost of the supplements is over $345,000 and will be distributed system-wide.
The board also approved an additional 10 work days for teachers impacted by exposure to COVID-19.
“We wanted to do that to show that if they have to go home for additional days after being exposed at work, we would provide that to them,” Howard added.
The federal government has already approved 10 work days to teachers nationwide.