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Problem Solvers Coronavirus Hotline: What Happens To Support Staff Now That School Buildings Are Not Reopening?

Posted at 11:21 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 00:21:54-04

With the recent announcement that schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, many support staff employees are worried about their paychecks.

One bus driver called in and said, “We are nine-month employees. We get paid for the work that we do; we're not like teachers where our wage is guaranteed for the year. We sign contracts just like the teachers do. I'm a little bit concerned about the fact that we're talking five more months where we won't see a wage if we're not taken care of."

2 Works for You reached out to several of the largest school districts in the area. Tulsa, Owasso and Bixby Public Schools say they will pay all support staff through the remainder of their contract. Broken Arrow school officials say they are working with their legal team to find a resolution that will not harm employees. Support staff in Muskogee will receive their April paychecks, but the board will vote on the remaining salary for the school year. And school officials in Sapulpa say state legislators are working on a remedy regarding state law and pay for support staff.

If there is an issue you would like the 2 Works for You problem solvers to look into, then call our coronavirus hotline at 918-748-1502.

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