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Las Vegas schools offer $2,000 bonus to retain teachers amid COVID-19 spike

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Las Vegas schools offer $2,000 bonus to retain teachers amid COVID-19 spike

Abigail Adcox January 14, 05:37 PMJanuary 14, 05:37 PM

Schools in Las Vegas are offering teachers bonuses of up to $2,000 to keep working as administrators struggle with staffing shortages amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Clark County School District approved $1,000 retention bonuses for eligible regular and full-time staff employed as of Jan. 1 and an additional $1,000 to those still employed on May 25, according to a press release on Thursday.

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About 11.4% of Clark County’s “licensed staff members” were absent at one point last week, the Associated Press reported.

Clark County, the nation’s fifth largest school district, said the bonuses were a gesture to “support and thank employees and mitigate the economic impact of the COVID pandemic.”

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About $66 million will be allocated from the district’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds to cover the costs of the bonuses.

On Jan. 11, the district announced a “5-day pause,” canceling school for students from Friday, Jan. 14, through Tuesday, Jan. 18, surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. day holiday, due to “extreme staffing shortages” from high coronavirus cases counts.

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As of Jan. 13, the district had 12,523 total positive COVID-19 cases, and of that, 3,553 were among school staff, according to the district’s case tracker.

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