COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Education Association, the Union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools, announced today that it has reached a groundbreaking agreement with the district to extend COVID-19 paid leave benefits to all CEA members through March 23, 2021. The Letter of Understanding (LOU) remains in effect regardless of a federal extension of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which expires on December 31, 2020.

“We have become accustomed to failed leadership from all levels of government throughout this pandemic, so we didn’t want to wait and hope for a legislative extension,” said CEA President John Coneglio. “We applaud Columbus City Schools leadership for this agreement to keep our students, staff, and school community safe by allowing those who are experiencing symptoms, have no childcare, or are subject to quarantine to remain safely at home. We encourage all employers in our city to follow this example.”

In an additional positive development, the district has expressed to CEA its intent to extend the terms of this Letter of Understanding to all eligible CCS employees. Consistent with current agreements and practice, CEA members who are subject to a quarantine order but wish to continue working remotely in lieu of leave will have the option to do so, allowing educators to continue serving students safely.

The Columbus Education Association is the Union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools. The Columbus Education Association is a proud affiliate of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

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