County Takes Advantage Of CARES Act

The Jackson County School Board met in regular fashion on Thursday to conduct their monthly business.

Director of Schools Kristy Brown pitched the board an extension of the Family First COVID Relief Act (FFRCA).

The FFCRA provides for up to two weeks, or 80 hours, of paid leave due to documented coronavirus illness, quarantine, or to take care of a dependent who has coronavirus or is quarantined.

The act is currently set to expire on Dec. 31. Brown’s pitch was to extend the act through Jan. 31. All were for.

Another item on the agenda was the approval of hiring part-time student cafeteria employees.

“There’s not a lot of places students are able to go out and work here in Gainesboro,” Brown said.

Students would be helping in the cafeteria to help make lunches for those in virtual learning environments. Students would work for two hours per day, and earn eight dollars per hour.

The plan is for the students to be paid with money that the county received through the COVID Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

The Board also plans to hire an additional custodian to help with the added workload caused by the coronavirus. The money for the new custodian is also expected to come from CARES Act funding.

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