Staff Compensation FAQs

Waukegan Public Schools COVID-19 Compensation FAQs

Last updated:  March 27, 2020 


Waukegan Public Schools has prepared the following questions and answers to share with staff members regarding pay and compensation during the ongoing school closures. 


Please note that any of the answers provided may change at any time based on subsequent public health events and local, state, and federal guidance or orders. We will be updating this document periodically. Staff with payroll questions may also contact Payroll at 224-303-1161.


Q: Will staff continue to be paid during the closures? 

A: In general, the District is following its regular pay practices during its closure from March 16, 2020 through April 7, 2020. There may be specific situations which will vary, and those will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Answered: March 27, 2020


Q: How are the people going to be compensated who have worked since March 16?  

A: The District is following its regular pay practices during its closure from March 16, 2020 through April 7, 2020. If you are paid based on a salary basis, you will receive your regular pay for each pay period. If you are required to work and record your time on a timesheet or time card, you will receive pay for the hours worked and approved by your supervisor.  

Answered:  March 27, 2020 


Q: Will staff continue to receive pay stipends during school closures? 

A: Staff will receive stipend pay consistent with the terms of the respective collective bargaining agreement  through the end of Spring Break, April 3, 2020. We are in discussions with the various Union representatives regarding stipend pay as related to remote learning should school closures continue and a joint announcement will be made when those discussions have concluded and a plan is finalized.   

Answered: March 27, 2020 


Q: Will long term substitutes be paid during the emergency days?

A: The District is following its regular pay practices during its closure from March 16, 2020 through April 3, 2020.  Long term or permanent substitutes who are assigned to a regular class, or are filling in for a teacher on an extended leave will be paid, except for the week of Spring Break (March 30, 2020 through April 3, 2020). Individual substitutes should contact the Human Resource Department if they have questions about their specific circumstances.  Elisa Trevino, mtrevino@wps60.org. 

Answered: March 27, 2020 


Q: I'm not under contract, wondering during this school closure will I get paid? I'm a sub-paraprofessional, not certified.

A: The District is following its regular pay practices during its closure from March 16, 2020 through April 7, 2020.  If you worked during this time, you will receive pay for the hours worked, except for the week of Spring Break (March 30, 2020 through April 3, 2020).

Answered: March 27, 2020   


Q: If school closes until the end of the year, will staff be paid the entire time?

A: The District will respond to this question if a decision is made to close the schools for the remainder of the year.  No such decision has been made at this time.

Answered: March 27, 2020 


Q: Will Crossing Guards be paid during the Act of God days and beyond?

A: The District is following its regular pay practices during its closure from March 16, 2020 through April 7, 2020. Crossing guards will be paid during these dates as if school was in session.  

Answered:  March 27, 2020 


Q. If I put in for paid time off (vacation, sick or personal days) before schools were closed or Act of God days were announced, can I get that time back?

A:  Yes, but only if you otherwise were not required to work between March 16, 2020 and April 7, 2020 and the leave time was entered in AESOP/Frontline prior to the announcement of the school closure on March 13, 2020.  Contact Angel Figueroa, afigueroa@wps60.org to request this time credited back.

Answered:  March 27, 2020  



Q:  Are substitutes being paid? Are they eligible for unemployment? 
A:  Our long term or permanent substitutes will be paid during the weeks of March 16, 2020 through April 7, 2020 consistent with the District’s regular pay practices.  As such, they would not be eligible for unemployment. Day to day substitutes will be paid for ACTUAL time worked during this period as well. Unemployment eligibility determinations are made by the State Department of Employment Security. 
Answered: March 27, 2020


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