Marble Falls Independent School District employees who contract COVID-19 now have access to 10 additional days of local paid leave. The school board approved a resolution granting the additional days during a meeting Monday, Oct. 18.
“Our employees face challenging times with COVID,” Assistant Superintendent Jeff Gasaway said during the meeting. “Granting the 10 days of leave would demonstrate support of employees, enhance employee morale, support retention, and support health.”
To qualify for the additional leave, employees must “present documentation showing that s/he has tested positive for COVID-19 and documentation from a medical provider,” the resolution reads.
Currently, district employees are granted 10 days of paid leave, five of which are considered “local” and another five considered “state.” Unused days can accumulate throughout employment with the district, rolling over to the following year. Each additional day after is unpaid.
To ease a possible financial burden caused by additional leave taken as a result COVID-19, the board had previously adopted a resolution allowing discounted days of leave, Gasaway explained.
“The resolution that we previously passed allowed employees to have access to up to 10 days of leave at the cost of a substitute if they’ve exhausted all leave,” he said. “So, if they’d run out because of COVID, instead of getting docked, say, $200 a day, if that was their daily rate, it would only be at a rate of $85 or $95, depending on what kind of sub they need.”
The newly adopted resolution, which was presented briefly during a Sept. 8 special meeting, is retroactively effective and will be applicable to COVID-19-related leave since July 1 of this year, Gasaway said. Since July 1, 78 district employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and only one employee has exhausted all of the paid leave available to them.