San Marcos CISD offering $100 one-time incentive to staff who get COVID-19 booster shot

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Getting your COVID-19 booster shot will give you an extra $100 in your pocket.

That’s if you’re a San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District employee.

The San Marcos Board of Trustees approved the one-time stipend in a school board meeting on Monday night.

This is the second incentive the district has offered to employees, working to be proactive in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first incentive was $250. Based on data presented to the school board, showing how many employees qualified for the incentive — roughly 82% of SMCISD staff is already vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s more than 1,000 employees.

“Putting others before me was the first intention,” Lauren Carranza, De Zavala Elementary Teacher said.

Carranza recently got her COVID-19 booster shot, happy to know SMCISD is encouraging others to do so, with the new incentive.

With more vaccinated people contracting the virus, Yvette Staley wanted greater protection.

“If I’m going to be consistent in the classroom, I can’t be consistent if I’m not there,” Staley said.

The first $250 dollar incentive was collected by employees back in October.

Miguel Arredondo on the school board is hopeful the staff members who already received both COVID-19 shots will get their boosters.

“When we reopened our schools, our school board and our district was committed to a safe ISD reopening, and obviously having a vaccinated workforce slows down the spread if not prevents the spread,” Arredondo said.

Since students returned to in-person classes this school year, SMCISD has only had to shut down four classrooms, temporarily transitioning students back to virtual learning because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Arredondo feels encouraging boosters is a proactive step, to keep classrooms safe.

“Communities of color, and low-income, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities that look like ours. So, utilizing every tool in our toolbox to protect staff and students was a no-brainer,” Arredondo said.

As of Tuesday, SMCISD had three active COVID-19 cases districtwide, among staff and students. 

District leaders told KXAN the deadline for employees to get their booster, to be eligible for the incentive will be sometime in the spring.

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