Act 13 of 2020 was signed into law by the Governor on March 27, 2020. This legislation adds a new section (1508.1) to the Public School Code, addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Specifically, as it may impact public school employees and members of the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), Section 1508.1 provides that:
Waiver of 180-day Instructional Requirement: The 180-day requirement for school entities to remain open for instruction for the 2019-2020 school year is waived. The Secretary of Education was also empowered to take certain enumerated actions, including ordering the closure of schools, increasing the number of flexible instructional days, and waiving the minimum number of hours for a career and technical education program or the minimum number of days for pre-kindergarten instruction.
Payment to School Employees: School employees who were employed as of March 13, 2020, are to receive no more or less compensation than they would have been entitled to receive from their public school employer had the closure of schools or the shortened school year not occurred.
PSERS Service Credit/Contributions: School employees who were employed as of March 13, 2020, are to receive no more or less retirement service credit and contribute no more or less to PSERS than they otherwise would have had the closure of schools or the shortened school year not occurred.