The legislative package allows school districts located in counties under a major disaster declaration by the President of the United States as a result of Hurricane Florence to deem up to 20 school days, or the equivalent hours of instructional time, completed.
The proposal allows school districts to make up any number of instructional days or hours missed but also provides the option to waive the missed class time.
To provide income stability to school staff, the act requires educators and employees be compensated the same as if they had worked any scheduled instructional days deemed completed by the public school unit during September and October of 2018.
The legislation also allots $6.5 million to compensate employees whose income is normally supported by school meal receipts or federal funds that will not be appropriated to North Carolina due to the missed school days.
The legislation passed today transfers an additional $50 million (in addition to the $6.5 million described above) into the newly-created Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund. This money will provide the state match for federal disaster assistance programs and pay for the costs of relief in North Carolina counties designated under a major disaster declaration by the President of the United States. It is a down payment in anticipation of federal relief and further state action once agencies complete their needs assessments.