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PSJA ISD goes above federal guidelines to pay employees during district closure

PSJA School Board of Trustees

District to remain closed until further notice 
 
PHARR - The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) Board of Trustees passed a resolution to continue paying all employees during the time the district remains closed. The resolution, which covers the next 43 days was passed today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  
 
According to PSJA ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo, the decision helps maintain staff morale, providing equity between idled employees and employees who provide emergency-related services, as well as recognizing the essential services of all staff. 
 
In addition, non-exempt employees required to work during the closing will be paid at the premium rate of one-half of the regular rate. Overtime for worked hours over 40 in a week shall be calculated and paid according to law. 

In summary, the board agreed to do the following: 

1. All employees will get paid during this closure.
2. There will be a premium paid to all hourly employees needed to perform essential functions.
3. We will provide meals at campuses throughout all three cities: Pharr, San Juan and Alamo.
4. All schools will remain closed until further notice.
5. Limited staff will report to schools and other district facilities to complete critical functions including, maintenance, operations, food service, police, security, and finance departments.
6. PSJA ISD will ensure teachers and staff continue to provide instruction to students at home via e-learning strategies, online, or printed packets.
7. Dual credit courses will continue online through South Texas College.
 
In an effort to minimize social groupings and for the best interest of all students and staff as the country continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) alerts, Dr. Arredondo announced today that the district will remain closed until further notice. 
 
Only limited staff will report to work to complete critical functions such as maintenance and operations, food service, police department, and payroll, to name a few. The majority of employees including teachers and support staff will perform their duties utilizing technology via their home. 
 
The PSJA ISD School Board and District Leadership are supportive of this decision and will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation in our region’s history. They encourage everyone to continue limiting social interactions for the safety and continued health of families. 
 
The district will continue to post any updates on its district website, and social media accounts as new developments arise.  


 

Padres de PSJA,

 

Mientras seguimos tratando de reducir reuniones grupales por el mejor interés de nuestros estudiantes y empleados con la situación que estamos viviendo en nuestro país, en respuesta a las alertas del coronavirus (COVID-19) nuestro Superintendente Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo anunció hoy que el distrito escolar permanecerá cerrado hasta nuevo aviso. 

 

Solamente a los empleados que tengan funciones críticas se les pedirá que se reporten. La mayoría de los empleados, incluyendo maestros y otros de apoyo, estarán trabajando de casa utilizando tecnología. 

 

La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar y Administración apoya esta decisión y continuará monitoreando esta situación nunca antes vista en nuestra región. Les pedimos que continúen limitando interacciones sociales por la salud de nuestras familias. 

 

La Mesa Directiva también pasó una resolución para seguir pagándoles a todos los empleados mientras el distrito permanece cerrado. Esta resolución cubre los próximos 43 días y pasó hoy miércoles 18 de marzo del 2020.

 

Según el Superintendente Dr. Arredondo, esta decisión ayudará a la moral de nuestros empleados y apoyará a esos que trabajan en servicios relacionados a emergencias y otros equipos esenciales. 

También reiteró que los empleados que reciben su salario por hora se les pagará una tarifa premium que será calculada en base a regulaciones legales. 

 

El distrito escolar continuará mandando avisos y poniéndolos en su página de internet, así como nuestras cuentas de redes sociales cuando haya nueva información. 

 

Gracias por su atención y comprensión.