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Governor Pritzker Announces COVID-19 Sick Leave Initiative for Vaccinated School Employees

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WCIA) – Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Teachers Union and other stakeholders announced that they have negotiated a compromise that will keep students and teachers safe in the classroom without penalize vaccinated employees for taking COVID- necessary sick time.

“Vaccines are an important tool in preventing the deadly effects of COVID-19, and those taking steps to be fully immunized against the virus,” said Governor JB Pritzker. This is doing its part to keep everyone safe,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “They deserve the time they need to respond to the ongoing devastating effects the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on them and their families. This collaborative initiative will continue to provide paid administrative time off for education staff, who have done all they can to keep themselves and their communities safe. affected by COVID-19 disrupting their lives and livelihoods”.

“Keeping schools clear and the people inside them – and their families – safe has been our number one priority since the start of the disaster,” said Kathi Griffin, President of the Illinois Education Association. pandemic,” said Kathi Griffin, President of the Illinois Education Association. “We want people to stay home when they are sick, to be able to care for their children when they need them most, and to be paid when the circumstances of closing buildings are completely out of their control. This measure protects school and college employees and all those they teach, drive to, nurture, and care for in many ways. “

This joint initiative provides the following protections for educators, school staff, and their families:

  • Paid administrative leave for each employee of a school district established under Article 10 or Article 34 of the Public Schools, Public Universities and Community Colleges Code
    • have been fully immunized or have received the required doses to be fully immunized within five weeks of the date of entry into force of the Act and who
    • is required, or their child is required to be absent from school because of a positive COVID-19 test result or has been in close contact with someone who has had a confirmed COVID-19 case.
    • has been required by the school or district policy to be excluded from district property due to symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Reinstatement of sick leave for each employee of a public school, public university, and public community college
    • have been fully immunized or have received the full dose necessary to be fully immunized within five weeks of the date of entry into force of the Act, and
    • people who have previously used their sick time because they or their child was forced to miss school because of a positive COVID-19 test result or had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19
    • has been required by the school or district policy to be excluded from district property due to symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Maintain the wage protections in HB 2778 for all school hourly employees, including but not limited to, custodians, transportation, food service providers, classroom assistants or administrative staff. This protection applies for the entire 2021-22 school year, including any days when schools have closed or transitioned to online learning that leaves semi-professionals unpaid or self-employed. .

As a result of this partnership, the Governor is vetoing House Bill 2778.

https://fox2now.com/news/illinois/gov-pritzker-announces-covid-19-sick-leave-initiative-for-vaccinated-school-staff/ Governor Pritzker Announces COVID-19 Sick Leave Initiative for Vaccinated School Employees

Aila Slisco

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