Q Are school districts allowed to pay holiday pay to classified non-licensed individuals who are not certified, such as cafeteria workers, bus drivers, mechanics, grounds keepers, etc. who do not actually work on those holidays?

A Non-licensed and hourly pay school employees would only be paid for holidays if the local school board adopts a policy granting them holiday pay. A school board may not grant holiday pay for non-licensed and hourly pay school employees unless the policy granting such pay is adopted and is in effect prior to the holiday. If a public school is closed for a legal holiday, the superintendents, principals, and teachers statutorily must be paid for full time as if they had taught on the holiday. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Jones, November 9, 2017)