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N.C. Virtual Public School teachers can return to work this fall under ‘administrative agreement’

The 220 N.C. Virtual Public School (NCVPS) teachers told they couldn’t work during the fall semester to satisfy a state mandate that requires temporary employees to take a break in service received good news on Wednesday.

The teachers learned they will be able to return to work next week, thanks to an administrative agreement reached between the NCVPS and State Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

The school’s fall semester starts Monday.

Under the agreement, DPI will manage and pay the teachers directly through the state’s Integrated HR-Payroll System, also known as BEACON, instead of using Temporary Solutions, the OSHR division that provides payroll administration for temporary state agency employees.

The Office of the State Controller, which implements the BEACON system, confirmed Wednesday that it can accommodate the transition of VPS teachers from Temporary Solutions to DPI.

“The Office of State Human Resources will continue to provide support and guidance during this transition,” OSHR Communications Director Jill Warren Lucas said in a statement. “No teacher will miss a paycheck and students should prepare for their classes to start as scheduled.”

State Superintendent Mark Johnson warned last week that if a fix was not found, NCVPS would be forced to cancel or reduce enrollment in half of its 150 courses this year. He estimated 7,300 students would be unable to take advantage of the NCVPS courses this year if teachers are forced to take the 31-day service break

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