Paid leave for staff at Union schools was one of the discussion points covered at the January board meeting.
From the beginning of April 2020, companies with less than 500 employees were required to provide paid leave for their employees if they needed to miss work in COVID-related situations. This mandate expired on Dec. 31, 2020. However, with the new stimulus bill, employers can voluntarily allow paid leave for their employees through March 31, 2021.
With the paid leave being on a voluntary basis, the board held a vote to decide whether or not Union Public School District would still provide staff with paid leave if needed. In the end, the board voted to approve extending the time that paid leave is offered.
The ACT Workkeys test was another one of the topics discussed during the meeting. The ACT Workkeys test can be taken instead of the ACT if the student is choosing to enter into the workforce after graduation from high school. This test measures the employability skills the student taking the test.
Both Superintendent Hansford and the board showed their support for the test.
Superintendent Hansford said, “I know that there are multiple ways to be successful after highschool.”