Michigan teachers eligible for $500 hazard pay

The state is making payments available to teachers and school support staff who worked through the pandemic.

Holding classes during the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges, especially for Michigan’s teachers and school support staff. When schools were closed in March, schools scrambled to provide online lessons and check in with students stuck at home for months on end.

In response to the efforts of teachers and support staff, the state has made money available as a sort of “hazard pay” for their service during the last months of the 2019-20 school year.

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Teachers are eligible to receive payments of $500. Support staff such as paraprofessionals and aides can get payments of $250.

“Our teachers and support staff have made incredible sacrifices this year to ensure our kids can get a great education while Michigan fights the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a news release. “They deserve all of the support we can give.”

To be eligible teachers and staff must have worked at least 75% of the 2019-20 school year.

You can find more information here.

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