Some Guilford County Schools employees who are providing critical services during the coronavirus pandemic will soon see a pay increase. 

The pay hike will apply to hourly workers who provide on-site child care or who prepare and deliver meals. Those employees will be paid time and a half beginning April 1.

According to a news release, over 65 percent of GCS students meet the criteria for free or reduced-price meals. On a typical day, that might have meant 1,000 meals. Since schools closed in mid-March, the district has served up to 29,000 emergency meals per day.

In addition, some after-school staff, teacher assistants, and custodial workers are providing child care for hospital workers and emergency personnel.  

The pay increase is scheduled to last through April 30, but could be extended depending on the pandemic's impact in Guilford County.

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in North Carolina, visit our Live Updates blog here.

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