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Iberia Parish School Board approves extension of COVID-19 sick leave

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 11:26:57-05

The Iberia Parish School Board has approved the extension of COVID-19 sick leave for employees.

Superintendent of Schools Carey Laviolette says that the decision to extend the emergency pay sick leave was made at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

Leave has now been extended until June 30, 2021.

Last week, an Iberia Parish School Board committee recommended that the full board approve an extension of the 10 days of COVID leave required by the first CARES Act.

Last year, Congress required most employers to provide employees with 10 days of leave who are diagnosed with COVID or required to quarantine because of exposure. That requirement ended in December, and the new bill did not extend it.

Both the Lafayette Parish School Board and St. Mary Parish School Board have approved extensions of the 10 day COVID leave.

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Vermilion Parish will discuss extending its 10 day COVID sick leave at its Thursday night meeting.

The Acadia Parish School System is for now extending the leave, pending board approval. The board will consider the staff's recommendation to extend the leave later this month.

In Jeff Davis Parish, the staff also is recommending the board extend the leave and that will be considered later this month.

St. Martin Parish officials are working on their recommendations now and will present to the board in February.

No decision on the extensions have been made in St. Landry or Evangeline parish.

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