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

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Jan 21, 2021

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

The decision to extend the emergency pay sick leave was made at Thursday night's regular school board meeting, after being recommended by the board's Policy Review Committee Tuesday.

Leave has been extended until the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2021.

Vermilion is the latest Acadiana parish to approve the extension of the 10 days of COVID leave required by the first CARES Act.

Congress last year required most employers to provide 10 days of leave to employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or required to quarantine because of exposure. The requirement ended on December 31 of last year and the Omnibus bill signed by former President Donald Trump on December 27 did not require employees to offer sick leave.

Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Mary Parish School Boards have approved extension of the COVID leave so far.

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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