Washington County Community Faculty workers have been informed that despite the upheaval brought on by COVID-19, they will have jobs through Thanksgiving.

This consists of bus drivers and cafeteria employees, some of whom have located their jobs sidelined mainly because of distance finding out. 

“I promised WCPS team their employment are safe by Thanksgiving,” Superintendent Boyd Michael claimed Tuesday in the course of a teleconference meeting of the Washington County Board of Education and learning. “When learners are again in the structures, of course, we will have to have our bus motorists to decide on learners up, we are going to will need our foodstuff support employees to feed the little ones, and we are going to have to have instructional aid to support a lot of of our college students that demand aid.”

The college district has not established a date for when or if college students will return to the classrooms.

“WCPS has committed to pay all employee groups by means of Thanksgiving in spite of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic,” states an e-mail from the faculty system’s communications department. “WCPS also has designed no final decision pertaining to staff layoffs following Thanksgiving.”

Washington County Public Educational facilities employs about 3,200 normal employees members, including directors, supervisors, academics, and academic support staff, the email states.

Assist personnel features school bus drivers, bus attendants garage, meals services and clerical personnel information and facts technological know-how specialists, custodians, servicing employees and paraprofessionals.

The university board earlier this month unanimously authorized a negotiated arrangement with representatives of the system’s guidance personnel.

The memorandum of comprehension in between the faculty board and Washington County Educational Assistance Personnel Inc. contains a 1% wage scale raise powerful July 1, and a negotiated arrangement with regards to paid yearly leave.

Some workforce have been doing the job in the school properties and the Washington County Heart for Education Providers. These workforce have been doing the job beneath security protocols that have been created in coordination with the Washington County Health Department, the email states.

“As we continue to navigate the pandemic, WCPS carries on to evaluate these precautions and is expanding the administration of security protocols by bringing teachers again, and giving time to adjust as they get started to prepare superior-excellent instruction through distance finding out for college students,” it says. 

Teachers will have the possibility to practically train in the classroom or from household, thanks to the college board, which voted Tuesday to permit them to make the choice.

Support personnel below a negotiated contract could be employed again if layoffs occur after Thanksgiving.

“If a reduction in pressure gets an regrettable fact this school yr, workforce will retain remember legal rights for a interval of one particular calendar year for each the contract language in the Washington County Community Universities Negotiated Settlement between the Board of Instruction of Washington County and the Washington County Instructional Assist Staff, Inc.,” the electronic mail states.