Hazard Pay

MI CLASSROOM HEROES GRANTS

Posted March 15, 2021

Current and Former Employees of Washtenaw Intermediate School District:

On December 29, 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Public Act 257 of 2020, providing $2.5 million to GSRP, Head Start, special education for individuals aged 18-26 and adult education teachers who teach in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school. This funding is a second round of MI Classroom Heroes Grants from the state’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding; this funding has been dubbed with the term “hazard pay.”. The intent of this round of funding is to “recognize the additional time spent outside of normal working hours and additional costs that GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education teachers have incurred or experienced to provide a continuity of learning during the period of school closure in 2019-2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”. More information is available, including a link to the Public Act, an FAQ document, and a list of key dates here.

One of the requirements set by the Michigan Department of Treasury, the department responsible for administering this grant, is to post notice of the staff WISD identified as eligible for the grant on the school district website and at least 1 other means of widely used communication (email). This provides an opportunity for any classroom teacher to claim and appeal to the district in writing the determination of eligibility status by April 9, 2021. An email was sent to the email address on file with the district on Monday, March 15, 2021 that included the Teacher Certification Form 5741 - GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teachers COVID-19 Grant Program.

The link to the list of staff WISD identified as eligible for the Teacher and School Support Staff grant is available for review here.

 

Appeal Process

If, after reviewing the legislation, FAQ, and other documents located at the web link above, you feel that you are eligible for the grant and will be able to certify and sign the Teacher Certification Form 5741 - GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teachers COVID-19 Grant Program, and WISD has not included you one the list of eligible staff, you have a right to appeal. If you wish to appeal, please email Brian Marcel (bmarcel@washtenawisd.org) and copy Becky Mullins (bmullins@washtenawisd.org) and include your rationale for your appeal.

 


 

Teacher and School Support Staff COVID-19 Grants ("Hazard Pay")

Posted November 9, 2020 

Current and Former Employees of Washtenaw Intermediate School District:

In September 2020, the Michigan Legislature enacted PA 166 of 2020 and allocated some of the state’s CARES Act funding to provide grants to classroom teachers and school support staff; this funding has been dubbed with the term “hazard pay.” The intent of the funding is to “recognize the additional time spent outside of normal working hours and additional costs teachers/school support staff have incurred or experienced to provide a continuity of learning during the period of school closure in 2019-2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” More information is available here, including a link to the Public Act, a FAQ document, and a list of key dates

 

One of the requirements set by the Michigan Department of Treasury, the department responsible for administering this grant, is to post notice of the staff WISD identified as eligible for the grant on the school district website and at least one other means of widely used communication (email). This provides an opportunity for any classroom teacher or school support staff member to claim and appeal to the district in writing the determination of eligibility status by December 4, 2020. An email was sent to the email address on file with the district on Monday, November 9, 2020, that included the Teacher and School Support Staff COVID-19 Grants Certification form.

The link to the list of staff WISD identified as eligible for the Teacher and School Support Staff grant is available for review hereIf you are eligible and have not been contacted by the District, please email Brian Marcel (bmarcel@washtenawisd.org) and copy Becky Mullins (bmullins@washtenawisd.org).

 

Appeal Process

If, after reviewing the legislation, FAQ, and other documents located at the web link here, you feel that you are eligible for the grant and will be able to certify and sign the Teacher and School Support Staff COVID-19 Grants Certification form, and WISD has not included you one the list of eligible staff, you have a right to appeal. If you wish to appeal, please email Brian Marcel (bmarcel@washtenawisd.org) and copy Becky Mullins (bmullins@washtenawisd.org) and include your rationale for your appeal by December 4, 2020. Please note that appeals must be received by this date and there is no provision for extending this deadline.