Board approves employee compensation for school closure

By Megan Wehring

HAYS CISD — The Hays CISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to compensate employees affected by inclement weather during the February 2021 winter storm.

The severe weather caused Hays CISD to close the entire district Feb. 15 through Feb. 23. While the circumstances were beyond their control, district employees were forced to miss work for several days.

Employees will be compensated for their regular duty schedule during the closure according to the following requirements:

  • Any employee who had previously requested and been approved for paid or unpaid leave on any one or more days between February 15, 2021 and February 23, 2021 will be charged the appropriate leave day(s) and/or will have their pay docked for those pre-approved absences during the closure.
  • Any employee who was required to work during the closure but was absent from duty for a reason not related to the severe winter storm will be charged a leave day(s) and/or have their pay docked in accordance with District policy.
  • All other Hays CISD employees who were not able to work due to the closure or, if required to work during the closure were not able to report to work due to the severe winter storm, will be compensated for their regular duty schedule.
  • Eligible nonexempt employees paid on an hourly, not salaried, basis will be paid on an average daily rate of pay, as determined by the Superintendent, even though they did not work those days.

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