FWISD Board Approves Pay for Employees during COVID-19 Closure
March 18, 2019-- A resolution approved 8-0 by the Board of Education guarantees most Fort Worth ISD employees will continue to be paid while schools are closed.
Trustees approved the resolution during a relatively short Board meeting, Tuesday, March 17.You can view the entire Board meeting on the FWISD website.
As Board members socially distanced themselves, following CDC guidelines and not sitting close to each other, Representative Tobi Jackson read the resolution authorizing continuing wage payment for District employees. The resolution covers a period of one month unless extended by the Board.
“Whereas the Board finds that a need exists to address wage payments for employees who are idled…serves the public purposes of maintaining morale, reducing turnover and ensuring continuity of District staffing when schools reopen…the Board of Trustees authorizes continued wage payments for all regular employees, contractual and non-contractual, salaried and non-salaried and qualified substitutes…,” Mrs. Jackson read from the resolution.
The resolution impacts approximately 11,500 regular employees, contractual and non-contractual, salaried and non-salaried, and qualified substitutes.
Substitutes who have worked at least 100 days for the 2019-2020 school year are considered “qualified” and serving the public purpose of making sure the District has a qualified pool of substitutes when classes resume. The resolution does not authorize pay for substitutes who’ve worked fewer than 100 days or part-time employees.
The resolution included additional provisions for premium pay (time and a half) for specific employee categories.
FWISD employees who work in the following positions will receive their current hourly rate for the guaranteed daily hours:
- FWISD CNS workers = 5 hours
- FWISD CNS managers = 8 hours
- FWISD bus drivers and bus attendants = 5 hours
The District will honor the start dates for all new employees who were processed, cleared, and given a start date by Human Capital Management. New hires with a start date of March 6, 2020 or prior will receive a payroll check on March 27, 2020. New employee hires that were processed, cleared, and given a start date of March 7, 2020 or after by HCM will receive their first check on April 28, 2020.
Approval of the March 17 resolution, cancels all scheduled Paid Time Off (PTO) days employees entered and were approved for during the closure period. No employee will be charged leave days for the shutdown, and no absences should be reported during this closure period.
Approved leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will not be counted during the time the school District is closed. However, temporary disability leave continues to be counted, and maternity leave days continue to accrue toward the six (6) weeks allowed, according to District Board policy.
Click here to view the resolution.