The Iowa Falls School District will not extend the availability of additional sick time for employees who are ill or have to quarantine because of COVID-19. That decision was made by the school board on Monday, but not before a lengthy discussion about whether it was necessary and warranted given the fact that most school employees’ jobs put them in close contact with others, which can present greater risks of contracting the disease.

Last year, amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Congress adopted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which required employers to provide two weeks of paid leave for specific COVID-related absences. FFCRA expired on Dec. 31, and while a new stimulus bill that was passed and signed last month provides tax credits for employers who provide the paid COVID leave, it is not a requirement.

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