Pflugerville ISD staff push for paid COVID-19 leave at board workshop meeting

A Pflugerville ISD employee requests paid leave for staff who contract COVID-19 (Screenshot courtesy PfISD)
A Pflugerville ISD employee requests paid leave for staff who contract COVID-19 (Screenshot courtesy PfISD)

A Pflugerville ISD employee requests paid leave for staff who contract COVID-19 (Screenshot courtesy PfISD)

Teachers and staff pressed the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees to enact a policy providing paid sick leave for those who contract COVID-19.

From bus drivers to teachers, several public speakers pleaded with the board during its Sept. 2 workshop meeting.

PfISD teacher Karina Rodriguez said there is now so much scientific knowledge on how to handle the pandemic, and a paid leave policy should be an easy decision for the board.

"This is year number three of teaching in a pandemic. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of elementary school students are not eligible [for vaccination]," Rodriguez said, adding that includes her students.

Like several other teachers and staff members who spoke before her, Rodriguez said COVID-19 paid leave is also necessary for morale.


The overarching message from district employees during the Sept. 2 workshop meeting centered on protecting those on the front lines of public education during a pandemic that is showing no signs of abating.

Further, speakers said neighboring districts, including Austin and Leander ISDs, have already implemented versions of the paid leave policy.

The board took no action during public comment at the Sept. 2 meeting.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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