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Arlington public school teachers could soon receive pandemic bonuses

The bonuses could be up to $500 and once approved, they will have to be given out by Dec. 1.
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ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington Public School teachers could receive a bonus as a result of a school board vote Thursday evening.

If approved, the bonuses must be distributed on or before Dec. 1. The superintendent’s recommendation is that the bonuses would be issued as a separate check on Nov.18 and taxed at a flat amount for both federal and state taxes, as required by law. 

As part of the 2022-24 biennial budget, the General Assembly provided a portion of the state’s federal pandemic relief funds to schools to pay a one-time bonus. Arlington Public Schools was awarded $2.9 million from State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) ultimately authorized school divisions to determine the amount of the bonus paid to maximize the use of the funds without requiring local matching funds. 

Employees could get up to $500 based upon their full-time employment, so long as employees were hired on or before Nov. 1. Hourly/temporary employees could receive up to $250 if they have worked at least 245 hours between Aug. 18 and Nov. 1.

Follow the school board's meeting by clicking here.

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