Peoria Public School board approve COVID relief pay for staff, mandate masks for school year

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — During the Peoria Public School (PPS) board’s agenda on Monday night, they acknowledged two topics adhering to the school year.

They passed a motion to give COVID relief pay to full-time employees in the district and added a mask mandate to the upcoming school year.

Every student and faculty member will be mandated to wear a mask for the upcoming school year.

To avoid the spread of COVID-19, the board said they promote vaccine sites, have ongoing COVID testing throughout the year, physical distancing will be implemented, and disinfection cleaning will be put in place.

Board members also decided to approve a one-time payment of $2,000 for staff members in the PPS system.

The pay is meant to “recognize employees working during the pandemic, dealing with the disruption to their lives, enduring occasional quarantine, managing disrupted work lives, work schedules, and boost employee morale,” according to the action item.

The money will not be factored into the base pay for full-time staff.

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