Superintendent Lori Simon said in an email to all Rapid City Area Schools staff that she will recommend a COVID-19 reimbursement stipend to every permanent full-time and part-time RCAS employee to the school board at its Nov. 30 meeting.
Simon said the stipend is an "incentive for staff" and an "effort to show you just how much we appreciate you."
If approved, all RCAS employees would receive a stipend of $525 on a special paycheck Dec. 23. Substitutes will be paid a stipend based on the number of days they have subbed this year. Money for stipends will be paid with CARES Act funds.
"We also want to show appreciation for all the substitutes who have stepped up to cover in this challenging year," Simon said.
Those with district insurance will have a premium holiday for the month of December, meaning insurance premiums won't be deducted from staff checks next month.
Simon also said she will recommend that Dec. 21-22 be converted to winter break vacation days "given the additional demands and stressors placed on students, families and staff this school year due to the coronavirus pandemic."
Simon said the two additional days off would allow families and staff two full weeks off over the winter break holidays. The two dates will also be paid days off for all RCAS staff.
"Again, thank you for all you do every day to meet the needs of our students to the best of your abilities in a situation that is beyond our control," Simon said in the email to staff. "Please stay safe and be well. Happy Thanksgiving."