The Leon County School Board voted Tuesday night voted to approve a settlement with the Leon County Teachers Association (LCTA) related to student-teacher contact time during the COVID pandemic. The settlement awarded all instructional staff 12 days/90 hours of compensatory time.
On November 3, 2020 a grievance was filed with the Labor and Employee Relations Office concerning the contact time between teachers and students during the 2020-21 school year.
The item summary provided at the meeting stated that “LCS and LCTA acknowledge that the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all aspects of the District; Teacher/Student Contact Time is exceeding the limits as specified by the contract due to the pandemic.”
The settlement affirms all instructional staff will receive no less then 12 days of compensatory time, which will be prorated to and will not exceed a 7.5 hour day, for the 2020-2021 school year. Any compensation time earned during the current school year, retroactive to August 17, 2020, will count towards the 12 days. This time is transferable among Leon County Schools and is permitted to roll over for the next five fiscal years.
Teachers may use up to four compensatory days per year beginning July 1, 2021 and the time can be used for sick or personal leave. Also, the unused compensatory time cannot be paid out to a staff member if the employee leaves the district.
There is a fiscal impact with the approval of this settlement, however at this time it is not detailed in the provided report.