Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - Expired 12/31/20

Please be advised that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) enacted in April of 2020 expired December 31, 2020. This legislation provided up to ten days of paid emergency sick leave for employees unable to work or work remotely for reasons related to COVID-19 and also extended the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide up to 12 weeks (both unpaid and paid) to care for children whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID.

District Emergency Sick Leave

The expiration of FFCRA eliminates the mandate to provide emergency paid sick leave and extended FMLA. While no longer required, the District will continue to allow limited access to a similar form of emergency paid sick leave through March 31, 2021. Under certain circumstances, up to ten days of District Emergency Sick Leave may be available to employees who satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Employee has been advised to quarantine by the District COVID Coordinator due to being identified as a close contact at work, AND                                                    
  • Employee holds a position not suitable for remote work (such as Paraprofessional, Maintenance, Food Service), AND
  • Employees has unused time under the original FFCRA emergency paid sick leave. 

Those not eligible for this extension include employees who:

  • Are eligible to work remotely
  • Have utilized 10 days of FFCRA and/or District Emergency Sick Leave
  • Are advised to quarantine due to being identified as a close contact outside of work.

Questions regarding District Emergency Sick Leave may be submitted to the Benefits Department at benefits@isd709.org.

Protect yourself and others

Please keep in mind that, while there may be certain circumstances where close contact is unavoidable, the vast majority of staff have the ability to maintain physical distance between themselves and other staff members. Each of us are responsible for protecting ourselves from potential exposure by avoiding close contact with others, maintaining appropriate distance, and mitigating the need for quarantining due to close contact.