$1,000 bonus for ALL school employees

$1,000 bonus for ALL school employees

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Michelle Cone started this petition to Governor Ron DeSantis and

I’m writing in response to the proposal to give teachers and principals a $1,000 bonus. While I agree that teachers and principals have been working extremely hard during the pandemic, you have not included the rest of the hardworking staff members throughout the schools across the state. Assistant principals, office staff, paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, custodians and all other non-teacher positions have all played a huge roll in the success of our schools during the pandemic. The schools and the state could not be successful without all the staff members contributing and all should be rewarded for this hard work. 

When the state closed down and our students moved to schooling at home, it was the assistant principals, office staff, and paraprofessionals helping pass out lunches, laptops, and work packets continuing to have contact with our school families. It was these staff members helping call families whose students had not logged online or picked up work packets to get them back engaged and to offer any other assistance we could give. We delivered lunches, school work, laptops, supplies, etc to homes when families were not able to pick things up.

When school resumed it is these staff members helping take temperatures at the cars, buses or building entrances. While many teachers and guidance counselors are still holding phone or video conferences it is the office staff and administrators still interacting face-to-face with the public. Most schools do not have nurses so it is the office staff tending to sick students in the clinic. While teachers interact with mostly only their students, administrators, office staff, paraprofessionals and cafeteria workers are interacting with almost the entire school. We hand out daily medicine. We help monitor students. Paraprofessionals and cafeteria workers are interacting with all students in the cafeteria. Paraprofessionals work in small groups or one-on-one with students in classes throughout the school.  We are all constantly cleaning areas to help keep our school clean.

The examples given above are just a glimpse into the variety of duties that we have a part in each day.  I urge you to think about every school staff member that has played a huge role in the success of our students and schools. Without the support of all these staff members our schools would not have been able to help our students and our doors would not be able to open each and every day. It takes a village and our village is strong. If you are going to reward one group in the world of education please reward ALL staff members across our state working in our schools.

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