Victoria I.S.D. board adds Pandemic Leave for employees

Board unanimously approved the addition of eight paid COVID-19 days for employees who need to quarantine.

 

VICTORIA, Texas – The Victoria I.S.D. board of trustees held their monthly meeting, one of the agenda items, creating a pandemic leave allotment for employees.

The school board unanimously approved the addition of eight paid COVID-19 days for employees who need to quarantine due to the virus.

The allotment of these eight paid days off will be retroactive, dating back to August 4, 2021, giving staff who already used personal days due to quarantine those days back.

Prior to this new addition, Victoria I.S.D. employees who contracted COVID-19 had to use their own personal days. A staff survey showed this was the main concern among employees.

School board president, Mike Mercer, says the creation of pandemic leave is another way to protect V.I.S.D. employees.

“So we never wanted to put any of our staff in a position where we felt like they had to go in when they were sick or potentially sick, or to penalize them for something completely out of their control right now, it was just the right thing to do,” says Mercer.

This new creation of pandemic leave comes as the district reports 125 total COVID-19 cases among V.I.S.D. staff since the first day of school.

The board makes this paid leave available for any qualifying employee, effective from August 4th, 2021 to June 30th, 2022.

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