What COVID-19 related federal leave options are available to school system employees, teachers, or staff?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave provides 2 types of paid leave.

  1. Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL):  Up to 80 hours (2 weeks) of E-PSL may be granted to any eligible employee for one of a number of COVID-19 related reasons, including care for themselves because of COVID-19, care for an immediate family member because of COVID-19, closure of a child’s school/childcare, or inability to work because of a mandated shelter-in-place or isolation order.
  2. Emergency FMLA (E-FMLA):  Employees may qualify for E-FMLA for school/childcare closure for up to 400 additional hours (10-weeks) if they have been employed for at least 30 days.

Local education agencies (LEAs), as employers, have the exclusive authority to make leave determinations in accordance with and subject to federal law and Department of Labor (DOL) guidance.  The DOL has administrative authority over the FFCRA; thus, they should be looked to for interpretations of this statute.

If you have any questions regarding leave or to request this leave, please contact the Human Resources Department at 903-832-1535.  In addition, the COVID Leave Request Form must be submitted to request this leave.