COVID-19 Teacher and Support Staff Grants

PA 166 of 2020 allocated funds to be paid to qualifying classroom teachers and support staff through the Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program and the Support Staff COVID-19 Grant program. These funds were identified to be paid for a variety of factors including additional time spent outside of normal working hours and additional cost incurred by staff to implement remote learning during the spring of 2020. 

 

Please note the following: 

  • Local school districts are obligated to identify qualifying staff in accordance to PA 166. It is important to recognize that we did not locally establish the criteria for qualification, nor the amount. Unfortunately, there are numerous staff members who put in countless extra hours and likely incurred additional costs, however, were not defined in the legislation and therefore will not qualify for payment. 

 

  • PA 166 is in response to events that occurred in the spring of 2020 and does NOT address anything after last school year. Future legislative action may occur that would impact the 2020-2021 school year however nothing has been passed at this time.  

 

For more information regarding COVID-19 Teacher and Support Staff grants please visit:

·       Teacher & School Support COVID-19 Grants
·       Michigan Department of Treasury FAQ


Grant Certification

Individuals who have been identified by the district as preliminarily meeting the criteria for either the teacher or support staff COVID-19 grant received notice by email on November 9. Individuals who were no longer employed by LCS were sent notice via US Mail on November 9. Current eligible employees who worked in a different school district during the spring of 2020 will receive notice from the district they were employed in during the spring. 

 

In order to receive the grant, individuals must certify that you were a K-12 Teacher or Support Staff who taught in a school District in Kindergarten to 12th grade during the 2019-2020 school year, prior to issuance of Executive Order 2020-35 (signed April 2, 2020). Additionally, all of the following criteria must be met: 

  1. You must have performed at least 75% of your standard instructional workload in a brick and mortar classroom. 
  2. You had to develop tools and methods to deliver distance learning, take-home packets, or other methods described in the District’s learning plan. 
  3. You must certify that you spent additional time outside of normal working hours, experienced hazardous conditions, or incurred additional costs related to ensuring students could effectively participate in the LCS continuity plan. 

 

Certification forms must be submitted back to the District, no later than December 4, 2020 by sending to ASC –Attn: Danielle Corbeil, Director of Finance. Please be aware that any form physically or electronically received by the District after December 4th, 2020, will not be accepted.

Appeal Process

If you did not receive notice from the district and believe that you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Teacher or Support Staff grant, no later than December 4, 2020, please send an email with the subject “COVID-19 Appeal” to dcorbeil@lapeerschools.org. Include your name and position held during the Spring of the 2020 school year. You will receive written notice to your appeal no later than December 16, 2020.