Jessie said the bonus will apply not only to classroom teachers and administrators but all PWCS in-school employees, such as custodians, nurses and cafeteria workers. She said she would look into whether it would also be given to long-term subs and those who worked for PWCS school in the prior year but will not be returning in the fall.
Woodbridge member Loree Williams also communicated with commenters on Jessie's post, indicating that Jessie was not alone in her opinion.
PWCS employees will already see an increase in pay next year. Prince William County employees will be getting a step increase, averaging 2.8% and a 1% COLA (cost of living adjustment.)
The year was very different for PWCS employees, and had presented significant challenges. Teachers began last year spending significant time over the summer, learning to use several new online learning systems such as Canvas and to conduct lessons via Zoom.
They used their homes as offices/classrooms, some while juggling children at home. Some returned to work before they had been vaccinated. In school, like most employees during COVID-19, they had to mask-up, sanitize and maintain social distance.
They also had to teach "concurrently" meaning to a classroom of in-person students and those joining them via Zoom video calls. They also had to manage an arrangement of sorting students into three houses, and providing assignments and assessements students could complete either online or via virtual classes.
Custodians had the challenge of keeping the school sanitized. Principals and guidance counselors had to rearrange schedules and make the school operate safely. Nurses had to see students while protecting themselves from COVID-19. Many special eduation teachers taught all year long to the most at-risk learners.
Those at the Kelly Center had their own challenges, especially those working directly with the health district or HR. They had to advise the superintendent on when and how the safest way to reopen schools. Human Resources employees met with Tier 1 and 2 employees to offer accomodations. Kelly Center employees tracked COVID-19 cases throughout the district on a database.
Bristow Beat will update if we receive any more confirmed information.