Thank you, Cobb! Community, School Staff React to BOE’s Vote to Pay All Salaried, Hourly Employees During School Closure

As more and more businesses and educational institutions shut down across the country to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, people are left to wonder whether they will still see a paycheck.  

However, that’s not a worry for Cobb Schools employees. The Cobb Board of Education eased employees’ concerns about pay this week when they voted to pay all salaried and hourly employees who are actively working in the District while schools are closed.   

“Thank you for your devotion to us. We have devoted so much to our students and this is a gift for our peace of mind,” one teacher wrote when she learned about the Board’s decision. 

The news gave Cobb staff members a reason to smile and reminded them why they chose to join the Cobb Schools team in the first place.  

“This is yet another reason why Cobb is the best place to teach! #lovetoteachhere,” another teacher praised on social media.  

Here’s what a few more Cobb employees had to say: 

“Love where I work!!” 

“Oh, this makes me SO happy. So, proud to be a part of the Cobb County School District.” 

“Thank you CCSD for recognizing that EVERY player in a child’s life is a huge part of their success. #oneteam#onegoal#studentsuccess” 

Employees are not the only ones praising the move by the Cobb Board of Education. Parents, who have witnessed how teachers are still working to help their students succeed, were quick to respond to the news.   

“My child’s teachers are still working hard! Emails, texts, phone calls, Everyday! Helping us homeschool our children,” one Cobb parent praised. “They deserve to get paid! Pay them!” 

The parents are correct. Actually, Cobb educators are getting quite creative with the ways to keep students engaged in digital learning. Check it out.  

Week One: What Digital Learning Looks Like Across Cobb Schools

Even those community members without students in the District recognize the important job Cobb educators play in continuing to help students succeed—despite the Coronavirus-related shutdowns.  

Here’s how the community at large responded: 

“Pleased and gratified both that the Cobb Schools took the step of a virtual meeting to maintain safe social distancing, and that they agreed to pay out-of-work employees who desperately need those paychecks to get by.” 

“Big Thank you Cobb County!” 

“Cobb County is the best!” 

This employee’s reaction sums up why the Board’s vote really proves that Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn! 

“I am extremely grateful to work where people are the primary focus. Cobb County Schools is committed to both the students they serve and the staff that serves the students, and this shows with their commitment to keeping the paychecks coming during this uncertain time. It takes a lot of the pressure off us and shows that the administrators really do have our backs.”