Highschool teacher returns COVID-19 bonus check

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 9:13 PM CST
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PEORIA (WEEK) - “I don’t think my message was getting across just by emailing,” President of the Peoria Federation of Teachers Jeff Adkins-Dutro said.

He received a $2000 COVID-19 relief check from the Peoria Board of Education on Thursday.

Just hours later, he mailed it back.

“If he gets my paper check back with a letter saying, “I can’t accept this unless we address the fact that all these people are left out”, maybe it will have a bigger impact,” Adkins-Dutro said.

The check was given to staff members who worked through the pandemic, but as president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers, Adkins-Dutro said he couldn’t keep his money knowing so many were left out.

Only daily employees of the district before March of 2020 and that kept their employment until November of 2021 got the checks.

This excluded teachers and other staff that started with the district in the 2020-2021 school year, despite also working throughout most of the pandemic.

“In our mind if you worked all of last year, you’re a superhero for making it through that year. This year has been even harder than last year,” Adkins-Dutro said.

Atkins-Dutro said there were about 60 employees left out from the checks.

We reached out to the Peoria Board of Education for comment.

They responded with a statement outlining the parameters they set for those who received checks.

These parameters did not include teachers who started after March 15th 2020.

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