After a year that has seen them move back and forth between digital and in-person instruction amid a global pandemic, Gwinnett County teachers will see a little more money in their paycheck next month.
On Thursday, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved a one-time “salary adjustment” for all active full-time, benefited employees paid on the teachers’ salary schedule as of Nov. 19, 2020, such as classroom teachers and media specialists, in their December paycheck. The adjustment will be paid to employees as a lump sum of $700.
“This has been a tough year for teachers,” Gwinnett Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks told the school board. “They have worked very hard under trying circumstances and I know you will feel that this is an appropriate expenditure for them.”
Gwinnett County Public Schools moved from in-person instruction all-digital learning midway through the spring semester when the COVID-19 pandemic reached Georgia. The district continued the all-digital format for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Then there was uncertainty over the summer as to how the district would handle instruction this fall when the 2020-2021 school year began.
At first, district officials said there would be a mix of digital and in-person learning, depending on the preferences of individual families for how they wanted their children to be taught.
Then the district said it would have an all-digital start, and eventually the district said there would be a mix of in-person and digital learning, based on families preferences, after all, but the in-person learning would be phased in based on grade level.