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Haywood schools outlines COVID retention bonus plan

Haywood schools outlines COVID retention bonus plan

During COVID-19, Haywood County Schools’ employees have gone above and beyond to support the community and encourage learning during the Coronavirus Pandemic. This began with meal deliveries to students and the community. When the state allowed students to return to in-person schooling, Haywood County Schools opened its doors five days a week for rotational or daily attendance. Haywood County Schools have been very safe with limited clusters, strong academic and extra-curricular performance.

Haywood County Schools is instituting a Retention Bonus Plan, approved by the school board Oct. 11. 

COVID-19 Retention Bonuses are only eligible for current employees who commit to continue working through the end of the 2021-22 school year. A signed commitment to continue working through the end of the 2021-22 school year is required prior to payment of any COVID- 19 Retention Bonuses. The Retention Bonus Plan time period is March 2020 through June 2022.

Retention bonuses will be paid in several employee categories. Full-time employees currently employed by the school system will receive a retention bonus based upon their 10-month or 12-month contract work from March 2020 to present and their commitment to continue working until the end of their 10-month or 12-month contract period in June of 2022. Full-time current employees will receive the same monthly bonus rate regardless of job description.

Full-time employees are eligible to receive $126 per month during the period based on their 10-month or 12-month contract.

Part-time employees currently employed by the school system will receive a retention bonus based upon their 10-month or 12-month contract work from March 2020 to present and their commitment to continue in employment until the end of their 10- month or 12-month contract period in June of 2022.

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Part-time employees are eligible to receive $63 per month during the period based on their 10-month or 12-month contract.

Substitutes will be paid a bonus rate for each day served as a substitute during the 2020-21 school year. They will be paid a bonus rate for each day served as a substitute during the 2021-22 school year.

Substitutes are eligible to receive $5 per day for days worked during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

For the time period of March 2020 through November 2021, full-time and part-time employees may choose to receive their retention bonus with the November 2021 pay period or February 2022 pay period.

For the time period of December 2021 through June 2022, full-time and part-time employees will be paid near the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.

Substitute pay for the 2020-21 school year will occur with the November 2021 pay period. Substitute pay for the 2021-22 school year will occur near the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.

Retention bonuses for 10-month employees will not be paid for summer work. Employees are not eligible for multiple bonus categories. Employees who qualify for multiple categories will be paid the rate for the highest category. Retention bonus pay is contingent on the approval of the Haywood County Board of Education and Federal ESSER regulations for retention bonus pay.

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