Full-Time Employees of Ouachita Parish School System to Receive COVID-19 Relief Stipend

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — All full-time employees of a Louisiana parish school system will receive a COVID-19 relief allowance, its superintendent said.

Ouachita parochial school workers set to receive one-time $1,500 payment by March 24, The News-Star reports.

Superintendent Don Coker said at Tuesday’s school board meeting that the disbursement of the federal money — which comes from the third round of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund — will total about $5 million.

The school district received about $72 million from the fund, but its employees had not previously received a COVID-19 relief allowance. Every worker will receive the same amount of money, regardless of their job title or certification status.

“You can see our bus drivers and see the stress they have and the stress our teachers have been through and our administrators and all the way from office staff to paraprofessionals to cafeteria guarding,” Coker said. . “They worked hard and we are very grateful to them.”

The superintendent said more than 100 people across the school system gave their input on the decision to use the relief funds for this purpose. They considered using the district general fund, but Coker said employees would get payments faster if they came from federal money.

Jeremy S. McLain