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.