In emergency situations which require the closure of one or more schools, some Lafayette Parish School Board personnel may be dismissed from duty for the day(s) that the schools are closed, while others -- defined as “essential personnel”-- may be required to report for regular duty.  Situations arising after a school or facility is closed for the day or a holiday may also be defined as emergencies if the purpose for requiring essential personnel to report is to protect property from damage or further damage; to repair damage to property; or to continue business operations which are critical to the school district and its stakeholders.


Essential personnel at school sites shall be defined as:



Essential personnel at the Central Office shall be defined as:



To the extent permitted by the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, essential personnel shall use school district identification badges which identify them as emergency responders in a disaster.  The purpose of these identification badges is to assist school district personnel in gaining access to School Board properties in an emergency situation when emergency response officials may bar access to the general public.




Job descriptions for all employees defined as essential personnel shall indicate such so that employees clearly know that they are to report when the school district issues a message that “all essential personnel shall report.”




There may be times when employees not defined as essential personnel are called to report to work during an emergency in order to accomplish a specific task.  These employees, defined as standby employees are:





There are two (2) different categories of critical function compensation.


  1. When the timing of performing a critical function imperative to continuing or resuming normal operations is impaired, critical function compensation for an essential or standby employee working beyond his or her normal working schedule or for a holiday shall be paid 1.5 times the employee’s hourly rate.

  2. When schools are closed on what would normally be a work day, critical function compensation shall be paid at 1.5 times the employee’s hourly rate in addition to the employee’s regular hourly rate for the hours he or she works.

    In all instances, this compensation shall be approved by the supervisor in consultation with the Superintendent or his/her designee before the time is incurred.  Critical function pay needs to be documented as such on the timesheet.  Compensation for all hourly, non-exempt employees shall begin when they clock in to work.  In the absence of a time clock, compensation shall begin when the employee reports to the assigned location and informs the supervisor that he or she has arrived at work.  Work performed from home needs to be approved in advance by a supervisor.  Travel time shall not be included as time for which the employee is compensated.


Adopted:  October 15, 2008

Revised:  March 5, 2014

Recoded from GCEB:  May, 2018



Ref:    Board minutes, 10-15-08, 3-5-14


Lafayette Parish School Board