NC comes up with solution so virtual school teachers don’t face a layoff this fall

Hundreds of teachers in North Carolina won’t be laid off this fall after all.

Last week, the North Carolina Virtual Public School told 220 teachers that they would be temporarily laid off for the fall semester because of a required break for temporary employees.

But now a change in who handles their payroll will save their jobs this fall.

The Department of Public Instruction, the Office of State Human Resources, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office and lawmakers met Tuesday afternoon to come up with a fix, according to the Office of State Human Resources.

“No teacher will miss a paycheck and students should prepare for their classes to start as scheduled,” OSHR spokeswoman Jill Warren Lucas in a release. She said the office will continue to provide support and guidance during a payroll transition.

The school’s payroll is handled by Temporary Solutions, which requires teachers to take a 31-day break in service. That would have meant that teachers had to take the fall semester off, The News & Observer previously reported.

But on Wednesday, human resources announced that the Department of Public Instruction will manage and pay the teachers directly through the state’s payroll system instead of through Temporary Solutions.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan covers North Carolina state government and politics at The News & Observer. She previously covered Durham for 13 years, and has received six North Carolina Press Association awards, including a 2018 award for investigative reporting.