Michigan sends paychecks of $ 500 to teachers and $ 250 to school staff by February 25
LANSING, MI – Danger paychecks to teachers and school staff who worked during the pandemic will be mailed out by the end of February, according to an update from the Michigan Department of the Treasury.
The MI Classroom Heroes Grants would send $ 500 in bonuses to teachers and $ 250 in checks to staff by February 25 according to the update. The legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer struck a state budget agreement last October, $ 53 million in risk premium for teachers and $ 20 million for support staff.
The budget allocation created the COVID-19 grant programs for teachers and staff who spent extra time in classrooms and school buildings during the pandemic “to ensure continuity of learning”, according to the Treasury Department.
Certain eligibility conditions restrict certain school employees. To be eligible, staff must have worked 75% of the 2019-20 school year in person before Whitmer closes schools on April 2 due to the pandemic.
The $ 500 grants are only intended for full-time or part-time K-12 teachers. Academic support staff would see their payments of $ 250 if they held full-time or part-time positions as para-professionals, aides or non-teaching staff during the end of the pandemic.
Neither grant is intended for occasional teachers or administrators.
Teachers and staff from local and middle school districts, as well as academies in public schools, are eligible for grants. Staff working for private, denominational, or parish nonprofit schools are not eligible, but teachers in those schools are still eligible.
As long as teachers send in their grant applications by December 4 and school districts submit them to the Treasury Department by December 16, checks will be mailed out by the end of next month.
Grant checks will be mailed by February 25 to residences provided by school districts. Eligible teachers and staff are encouraged to ensure their contact details with the district are up to date, the Treasury Department said.
For more information on grants, including frequently asked questions, visit www.michigan.gov/TSSC19Grants.
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