Providence teacher says her pay was docked while she was quarantining from a close contact

A Providence teacher, who is also a state representative, says the school district owes her money, and that they didn't pay her for the time she was quarantined.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A Providence teacher, who is also a state representative, says the school district owes her money because they didn’t pay her for the time she was quarantined.

Representative Marcia Ranglin-Wassell is a special education teacher at the E-Cubed Academy.

“I was exposed to a student that had Covid,” said Rangling-Vassell. “I was thrilled and really happy I did not get sick.”

Her relief soon turned to worry when she realized she wasn’t paid for the time the Department of Health required her to quarantine during the last week of January and first week of February.

“My pay was vastly different,” said Ranglin-Vassell. “So I called the payroll office and they informed me that Dr. Redmond had called to dock my pay.”

Dr. Redmond is the principal at the school. She says his actions violate the teachers union contract, which stipulates that you won’t lose pay if you are placed on quarantine.

“I’ve tried relentlessly to work with the Providence School Department. This is over 2 weeks,” said Ranglin-Vassell.

She says so far she hasn’t gotten much of a response from the district on whether or not they will pay her. According to her, it’s also the second time she’s had to quarantine this school year. She says she was paid the first time around.

“I was not able to pay my student loan. I cannot pay my bills,” said Ranglin-Vassell. “The only thing that I will say is, do the right thing.”

In a statement, the school district simply said they cannot comment on personnel matters. They said that their policy is that staff members who are not sick and on quarantine are expected to work from home.

Ranglin-Vassell says that she was.

Categories: Coronavirus, News, Providence, Rhode Island