GRISD extends FFCRA benefits to employees

Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
Glen Rose ISD

GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees approved the extension of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act to go through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

In the Jan. 23 meeting, trustees were told that the original FFCRA that was passed by the federal government expired Dec. 31.

The FFCRA allowed employees to take emergency paid sick leave without use of the employees' personal days, and it also covered employees who had to take time off to care for themselves or a family member after being exposed to or contracting COVID-19.

Because the virus is still persistent across the state, there was still the concern for employees or staff members contracting it. The district said, “extending FFRCA would keep employees from returning to work and risk possible exposure to other people.”

The district has the necessary funds budgeted to pay for additional substitute teachers, and if necessary, the district would make a budget amendment to cover any additional costs associated with COVID-19.

As of its latest report on Feb. 9, there were only three active cases of COVID-19 in the district and they were involving students at Glen Rose Junior High.

In totality, there have been 61 recovered staff cases since the pandemic began, and 113 student cases. Glen Rose Elementary has had the most cases involving staff (19), while Glen Rose High School has had the most cases involving students (60) followed by Glen Rose Intermediate (24).

There has been just one recovered staff case of district personnel and zero cases involving transportation.