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Teacher/Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Programs (aka Hazard Pay)

List of Qualified Personnel

This List of Qualified Employees includes those the district deems qualified to apply for one of the grants below.

Submit Form 5734

Qualified individuals must certify they meet the eligibility requirements on Form 5734, Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grants Certification, and return it Judy Hancock at 275 S. Wolf Lake Road, Muskegon, MI 49442 or jhancock@oakridgeschools.org no later than December 4, 2020.

Appeal Process

If you feel you are qualified, but your name is not listed, please review the “Teacher and Support Staff Grant Program Resources” section below prior to submitting your written appeal to Tom Livezey at 275 S. Wolf Lake Road, Muskegon, MI 49442 or tlivezey@oakridgeschools.org. If you feel the FTE (full-time equivalency) is incorrect, you may appeal that to Tom Livezey at 275 S. Wolf Lake Road, Muskegon, MI 49442 or tlivezey@oakridgeschools.org.

Program Description

Pursuant to Public Act 166 of 2020, legislation was passed that appropriated funding for the Teacher COVID-19 Grant and School Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Programs.

The Teacher COVID-19 Grant program was created by Public Act 166 of 2020 to recognize the additional time classroom teachers in a district spent outside of normal working hours and additional costs classroom 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. The program was funded under Article 5, Section 949p for grants to eligible K-12 classroom teachers.

The School Support Staff COVID-19 Grant program was created by Public Act 166 of 2020 for grants to eligible K-12 school support staff to recognize the additional time spent outside of normal working hours, hazardous conditions, and additional costs school support staff have incurred or experienced to provide services to students during the period of school closure in 2019-2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program was funded under Article 5, Section 949q for grants to eligible K-12 school support staff.

Key Terms

  • Classroom Teacher
    • A K-12 full-time or part-time teacher with an assigned class who provided continuity of learning to students during the 2019-2020 period of school closure that resulted from COVID-19. For the purposes of this section, classroom teacher does not include substitute teachers, para-professionals, support staff, or administrators.
  • School Support Staff
    • A K-12 full-time or part-time para-professional, aide, or non-instructional staff, according to the registry of educational personnel, who provided services to students during the 2019-2020 period of school closure that resulted from COVID-19. School support staff does not include substitute teachers or classroom teachers.

Program Details and Reporting Requirements

Districts are required to identify eligible classroom teachers and support staff and email eligible grant recipients the attached Form 5734, the Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grants Certification Form by November 9, 2020.

Eligible Classroom teachers and Support Staff must return Form 5734 to the district by December 4, 2020 as mentioned above.

Districts are then required to compile the list of eligible classroom teachers and electronically submit the list by December 16, 2020 using the electronic submission system and form provided by the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Grant Funding Distribution

Next, the Michigan Department of Treasury will distribute funding allocated under the Act directly to eligible classroom teachers in an equal amount up to $500.00 per FTE K-12 classroom teacher employed by the district or assigned to regularly and continuously work under contract in a public school operated by the district.

The Michigan Department of Treasury will distribute funding allocated under the Act directly to eligible school support staff in an equal amount up to $250.00 per FTE school support staff employed by the district or assigned to regularly and continuously work under contract in a public school operated by the district.

Grant funding checks will be sent directly to the eligible classroom teachers and eligible support staff from Treasury, NOT Oakridge Public Schools.  Checks will be mailed on or about February 25, 2021 to the address of residency provided by the school district.  Eligible recipients are encouraged to ensure the information on file with the district is accurate and up-to-date.

Teacher and Support Staff Grant Program Resources

 

Do not send Form 5734 to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

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