Las Vegas says it will offer teachers up to $2,000 to stay in the classroom amid COVID surge

Bonus is meant to "support and thank employees" during pandemic.

The school district that oversees public education in Las Vegas said it will offer teachers and other employees up to $2,000 in bonuses if they stay on amid the current COVID-19 surge and concurrent employment crisis.

Clark County School District said in a statement this week that the CCSD Board of School Trustees had "approved an agreement with all five employee bargaining units to provide eligible regular and full-time employees employed as of January 1, 2022 with a $1,000 COVID retention bonus."

"CCSD will also pay an additional $1,000 bonus to eligible regular and full-time employees who are employed on May 25, 2022, for a total of $2,000," the statement added. 

The measure is "one more way to support and thank employees and mitigate the economic impact of the COVID pandemic," the district said. 

The district noted that it had budgeted $66 million to cover the cost of the initiative.