Teacher & Support Staff COVID-19 Hazard Pay

 

The Michigan Department of Treasury recently released details regarding the process for teachers and school support staff to access the one-time hazard pay for teachers and support staff included in Public Act 166 of 2020. Public Act 166 of 2020 calls for a one-time up to $500.00 hazard pay to be paid out to eligible teaching staff and a one-time up to $250.00 hazard pay to be paid out to eligible school support staff to recognize the additional time spent outside of normal working hours and additional costs teachers have incurred as a result of the school closure in the spring of 2020.

Teachers will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Prior to the issuance of Executive Order 2020-35 on April 2, 2020, the teacher performed at least 75% of their standard instructional workload in a brick and mortar classroom at the District.
  2. After issuance of Executive Order 2020-35, the teacher developed tools and methods to deliver distance learning, take-home packets, or other methods described in the District's continuity of learning plan.
  3. The teacher certifies to the District, via the Form 5734, that he or she worked additional time spent outside of normal working hours, experienced hazardous conditions, or incurred additional costs related to ensuring students could effectively participate in the District's continuity of learning plan.
    If the teacher was employed in a part-time capacity, the hazard pay will be prorated to meet their portion fulfilled.

School support staff will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Prior to the issuance of Executive Order 2020-35 on April 2, 2020, the school support staff (a K-12 full-time or part-time para-professional, bus driver, school counselor, social worker, speech and language pathologist, psychologist, literacy coach, or non-instructional staff) performed at least 75% of their workload in a brick and mortar school building at a district.
  2. Meets the school support staff statutory requirements to receive grant funding. The State of Michigan has compiled a Support Staff Eligibility FAQ which can be found at https://bit.ly/35X08bK.
  3. The school support staff certifies to the District, via theForm 5734, that he or she worked additional time spent outside of normal working hours, experienced hazardous conditions, or incurred additional costs related to providing student services during the COVID19 pandemic.
    If the support staff was employed in a part-time capacity, the hazard pay will be prorated to meet their portion fulfilled.

Timeline:

  • November 9, 2020 - Form 5734 is available to eligible staff via this website.
  • December 4, 2020 - Completed Form 5734 is due back to the Business Office via email to jane.butchbaker@lewiscassisd.org, interoffice mail, or USPS to:
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Attn: Jane Butchbaker
    61682 Dailey Road
    Cassopolis, MI49031
    Form must be received by December 4, 2020. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  • February 25, 2021 - The Michigan Department of Treasury estimates mailing checks on or about February 25, 2021 to the address of residency provided via the Form 5734.

By signing Form 5734, you are acknowledging that you have all the required backup data and will provide it when requested by either the District or Treasury.  You also acknowledge that by signing Form 5734, Lewis Cass Intermediate School District will be held harmless to any fines or reimbursements from any federal or state agency on your behalf for any documentation you cannot produce.


Please contact Jeff Jasper at 269-445-6202 with any questions.

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

Michigan COVID-19 Teacher and Support Staff Grant Webpage

Michigan COVID-19 Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grant FAQ