Kansas City Public Schools has several different categories of employees, each with their own Collective Bargaining Agreements that spell out workplace policies during school cancellations. This can cause confusion among employees when school is cancelled. Please review the following information in order to assure that you understand whether you should report to work during a cancellation and how that can impact your compensation.
Certified, school-based employees (includes teachers, librarians and counselors) – Do not report for work when school is cancelled. These employees will have no decrease in pay and do not need to use Paid Time Off or vacation days because their pay is spread out over 12 months, rather than just 10.
Classified, school-based employees who work at schools for less than 12 months a year – Do not report to work when school is cancelled. Because these workers will be making these days up at the end of the year (just like the students), they are not paid for the days missed due to inclement weather, unless they use accrued PTO or vacation days.
Employees who work at school sites for 12 months a year – Do not report to work when school is cancelled. Because they do not make up the days at the end of the year, they do not get paid for the day off unless they use accrued PTO or vacation days. The primary reason the decision was made for them to stay off is due to the risk of injury if the parking lots and/or sidewalks have not been cleared when they report to work.
Employees who work at non-school sites for 12 months a year – Do report to work even if schools are cancelled, unless the Superintendent declares all non-school sites closed. Any 12-month employee who works at a non-school site and who does not come to work, even if the Superintendent has closed all building, will not be paid unless they use accrued PTO or vacation days.
Essential SEIU personnel (includes operations, maintenance and warehouse workers) – Do report to work when school is cancelled. Any SEIU employee who does not work on an inclement weather day will not be paid unless they use accrued PTO or vacation days.
Non-essential SEIU personnel (includes cafeteria workers) – Do not report to work when school is cancelled. They are also members of the SEIU, but are not considered essential because if students are not in school they are not cooking those great meals. Any SEIU employee who does not work on an inclement weather day will not be paid unless they use accrued PTO or vacation days.
Much of the discussion during the negotiations, as well as why this policy was ultimately developed, was due to the fact that while many employees were sitting at home, getting paid and not using PTO or vacation days, other essential employees were working. In order to be fair and equitable, and to ensure that taxpayer money is spent wisely, it was decided that all employees should be treated the same: administrators at the Board of Education building must also take PTO or vacation days if they do not come to work due to inclement weather. This includes Interim Superintendent Al Tunis and all cabinet members.