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Mayor Sarno to Recommend Hazard Pay for School Nurses and Tradesman Who When Called Upon by the City Went Above and Beyond Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will recommend hazard pay for our Springfield Public School Nurses and Tradesman.  Although they serve as School Department employees, when they were called upon by the City to assist with city side operations in responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, they answered the call and assisted our Department of Health and Human Services and Facility Division, truly going above and beyond.


Mayor Sarno states, “Simply put, it is the right thing to do, coming from my City side funds.  When I put out the call for assistance on our city side operations to help our Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and our Building and Facility Division to coordinate a comprehensive response and action plan to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated School Nurses and Tradesman answered the call. Our school nurses assisted HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and her team with contact tracing, testing and vaccinations at the height of pandemic.  Our Tradesman responded by helping to stand up the state-of-the-art medical triage testing and quarantine tenting facilities on Worthington Street across from Friends of the Homeless to protect our most vulnerable homeless population.  They also helped to retrofit all of our municipal and school buildings.  They truly answered the call for help.  They did not hesitate to assist and were on the frontlines in any capacity they could help out with, truly going above and beyond.  We will continue to review all of our brave and dedicated city employees who have gone above and beyond and will remain consistent in our approach.”